Beginning of the end for Roma St skyline as first tower comes down layer by layer

Starting from the top and working its way down, demolition is underway at the vacated Hotel Jen building on Roma Street to make way for the new Cross River Rail station.

This is the first of three buildings to be demolished on the site, in what is one of Brisbane’s largest ever demolition projects.

Nothing says progress on a construction site like an 85-metre crane at work on a building completely engulfed in scaffolding.

The 18-floor Hotel Jen was originally opened in August 1986, known then as the Brisbane Travelodge, and was built as part of what was considered at the time the ‘state of the art’ Brisbane Transit Centre at Roma Street.

Floor by floor starting from the top and working their way down, the demolition crews have started to dismantle Hotel Jen with the East and West Towers of the Brisbane Transit Centre expected to start in March.

The demolition of the three buildings would make way for the construction of one of the four new underground stations which form part of the Cross River Rail project.

This top-down demolition is just another step towards Brisbane’s first underground rail network.

Construction of the new Roma Street station will create jobs for Queenslanders, and breathe new life into the area which has become underutilised and run down.

This demolition work isn’t the only activity at the Roma Street site, with preliminary works underway right next door to the hotel to construct Cross River Rail’s first acoustic shed.

Acoustic Sheds are used to provide cover to work sites and help reduce noise and dust impacts on the local community from the construction site.