Roma Street demolition phases

Scale of Roma Street demolition revealed

Demolition plans for the Brisbane Transit Centre have been revealed which mark the beginning of the transformation of Roma Street to become our States’ most significant transport interchange.

Cross River Rail is now well into the delivery phase and this means the Brisbane Transit Centre has to go to make way for the new underground station.

The demolition itself is a massive job needing an 85-metre tower crane above the ground to bring down three buildings.

The first to go will be Hotel Jen, then the East Tower, followed by the West Tower and finally the podium they sit on.

The Brisbane Transit Centre is one of Brisbane’s least loved buildings so to see it start coming down from March next year will be a major step forward in transforming the entire Roma Street precinct.

Demolition of the three buildings will take almost a full year in total, with each building enclosed in scaffolding and demolished level by level, starting from the top and working down to ground level.


This is one of Brisbane’s largest ever demolition exercises but our recently released Precincts Delivery Strategy shows there are tremendous opportunities to revitalise such prime inner-city land and creat thousands of jobs for decades to come.

This will bring the project one step closer to the once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage private sector investment, and help make sure Brisbane continues to evolve as a truly world class city.

Market sounding will also kick off early in 2020 with for a new Brisbane entertainment arena, that will trigger even stronger investment appetite in the new Roma Street precinct.

In September, the Brisbane Coach Terminal formerly housed inside the Transit Centre was closed and the new Coach Terminal facility was officially opened, located next to Platform 10, providing continuity of services for long-distance bus passengers.

A plan has also been developed to ensure train and bus passengers have continued access to existing services as well as to Roma Street Parkland throughout the demolition and station construction works.