Howard Smith Wharves

Project: Howard Smith Wharves
Value of job: $109 million
AMA contract $350k

Contractor: Hutchinson Builders
Scope of works: To supply and install, glazed balustrades, pool balustrades, stainless hand rails, screening, louvres, Energex doors, disability ramp

The historic 3.43-hectare Howard Smith Wharves site on the Brisbane River has been transformed into a world-class riverside precinct with more than 2.7 hectares of public open space, a 164 room Art Series Hotel, an exhibition and events centre, a craft brewery, and an array of restaurants and cafes.

Hutchinson Builders (Hutchies) were the building company engaged to deliver this high-quality community space that celebrates its history and prime waterfront location.

Hutchies have been building the structures in which Australians live, work, study, shop and relax since 1912. From early Brisbane beginnings, they have grown into a dynamic and diverse construction company, delivering sophisticated projects across a comprehensive portfolio.

The latest project, Howard Smith Wharves, connects the New Farm Riverwalk and the CBD and delivers an inclusive space for the local community, nearby workers and visitors to the city. As part of Hutchies’ contract, the riverfront has undergone a full restoration and transformation of the existing heritage buildings and wharf.

Beneath the cliffs and underneath the Story Bridge is the brand-new Art Series Hotel, designed to blend into the cliffs with a uniquely jagged façade of varying textures. A unique piece of Architecture in a unique space.

AMA are proud to have been involved in many of Hutchies projects over many years and this unique project was a particularly exciting development for AMA, due to the unique nature of the Architecture. AMA where engaged by Hutchies to supply and install, glazed balustrades, pool balustrades, stainless hand-rails, screening, louvres, Energex doors and disability ramps.

Ogi Latinovic, Hutchinson Builders Design Manager, complimented the team at AMA on their work ethic and integrity on the project. “Everything they did was great,” Ogi explained.

“AMA make the whole process very straight forward. They operate with a proactive approach and bring potential issues to the table before they happen, which helps us to collectively problem solve”.

Ogi went on to say, “AMA are always mindful of getting it right first time, they ask questions, which in turn helps us to explain what is required. As a result of this approach, there were no major issues on this project.

AMA made sure compliance was met at every stage and their work certainly met the expectations of us and the client.” Hutchies are highly accomplished in working with inner city heritage sites and together the teams working on the Howard Smith Wharves project have created an authentic and energetic space that revitalises Petrie Bight and respects the valuable heritage of the site. Ogi concluded, “I would definitely use AMA again and would have no hesitation in recommended them to other industry contacts.”