Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has confirmed that the $100 million Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project is one step closer.

Councillor Quirk and Council’s planning committee started approving proposed plans for the project yesterday, with the rest of the plans being considered in full next week.

Cr Quirk says the redevelopment of the 3.43 hectare site would feature a hotel, park and open public spaces, delivering a world-class waterfront destination which would further enhance Brisbane’s position as a ‘New World City’.

“The proposed development will deliver a five-star, 164 room Art Series Hotel which will add to our world class tourism offering, as well as regenerating this historically significant city centre site,” he says.

“New designs show the proposed hotel’s façade is designed to blend into the cliff face with natural tones and textures to keep the iconic Story Bridge as the main focus.”

“A 1500 square metre exhibition space will also host events such as cultural and food festivals, making this an exciting new destination for visitors and residents alike.”

Cr Quirk says 80 per cent of the site would be dedicated to public space and parklands, creating an iconic new landmark for Brisbane.

“The proposal was assessed under City Plan and the New Farm and Teneriffe Hill Neighbourhood Plan, and specifically ensured any new works retain the heritage values of the wharves, Story Bridge, air raid shelters and cliffs,” he says.

“As well as incorporating the existing heritage-listed buildings into the redevelopment, the new parkland will create a pedestrian and cycle connection through the site to link the city reach Boardwalk with Riverwalk.”

The proposal includes parking for 359 vehicles, 33 employee bicycle spaces and a further 50 bicycle spaces for visitors throughout the parkland.

Cr Quirk also says the project would create more than 200 jobs during the construction phase and more than 400 permanent jobs.

Work on the site is anticipated to commence by mid 2016.