The Brisbane Metro Bus Portal at the Cultural Centre, South Brisbane.



Brisbane Metro is a high-frequency public transport system that will cut travel times, reduce Central Business District (CBD) bus congestion and improve services to the suburbs.

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Put simply the brief is to design a portal to take pedestrians from ground level to the new underground station below.

The portal is a building or a piece of architecture that accommodates lifts, escalator, a ticketing system and potentially other public amenities such as café, food, seating, retail and public art.

The building itself could be something as simple as a cube or as dramatic as a sculptural art form. It really is up to your imagination!

Some design suggestions to get you started:

  • Public Art
  • Clever use of Materials or Technology
  • A Celebration of sub-tropical climate
  • A statement about Queensland Architecture
  • A building that celebrates Brisbane
  • A futuristic installation
  • A linkage to the existing heritage South Brisbane Station
  •  A linkage to the existing QPAC opposite
  •  A celebration of the arts and theatre
  • Or whatever your imagination comes up with!


Your proposal also needs to think about siting and site activation. The Grey street intersection will be pedestrianised encouraging foot traffic and use of bus system and as such the proposal needs to address the site.


Some questions to ask yourself during the design process:

  • How does the portal sit within the site?
  • Are there supporting amenities?
  •  Is food and beverage and offering on the site?
  • How does the portal interact with the street and relate to the prominent pedestrianised corner site?
  • How visible is the portal from the intersection and the adjacent QPAC?



What is provided within the portal is up to you as the only strict requirement is that is provides a lift and escalators to below station and a ticketed entry. How it does this is up to your imagination!

It should be considerate of the following items:

  •        Quality Design
  •         A level of public realm that integrates with the local area i.e. Cultural Centre and QPAC
  •         An Escalator
  •         A Lift for DDA Access
  •         Automated Ticketing at Entry

Note:    Your proposal does not need to allow for technical constraints. High level spatial planning and allowance for certain elements is all that is required.



  • 1 x A1 Panel that clearly explains your idea graphically submitted as a PDF Document no greater than 12MB in size.
  • A supporting 200 word maximum project summary, submitted as PDF document.




New Bus Link Map

Map of Station Below

Photographs of Existing Site



Brisbane Metro was announced in 2016 as a solution to the inner-city busway congestion to reduce transit times.

In 2017 Council released a document called the Brisbane Metro Business Case which outlined benefits, costs and impacts of the proposed Brisbane Metro. Since then, a series of community and stakeholder discussions have taken place to discuss the proposal.

In March 2018, Brisbane Metro was confirmed as a High Priority Project on the nation’s Infrastructure Priority List, which is used by government to guide future infrastructure investments. This follows Infrastructure Australia’s positive assessment of the project Business Case and makes Brisbane Metro the only public transport project in Queensland to be listed in the High Priority Category.

In April 2018, Council released the Brisbane Metro draft Design Report for consultation, marking the next important step in its development.

The Brisbane Metro’s detailed design and construction is planned  to commence in 2019, with metro services commencing in 2023.

The Brisbane Metro is a $944 million development.

As part of the proposal the existing South East Busway to CBD will be redirected to South Brisbane. Victoria Bridge which connects the CBD to South Brisbane will be resumed to be Bus only bridge to connect to a new underground bus station on the corner of Melbourne Street and Grey Street.  


The proposal will increase the South East Busways morning transit by 22,000 passengers and hour and remove 125 buses from the Brisbane CBD.


Key Background Notes:

New underground bus station on corner of Melbourne Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane.

New Melbourne Street bus stop, which replace the existing Cultural Centre station for bus services connecting to West End, the CBD and Fortitude Valley, will be installed on Melbourne Street under the existing rail bridge.

Victoria Bridge will be turned into a green bridge (removing general traffic) and reallocating lanes to bus traffic only.

There will also be new underground tunnels from Adelaide Street to South Brisbane as part of the Metro Proposal.



The site is a 1600 m2 parcel of land on the corner of Grey Street and Melbourne Street at South Brisbane. Currently the site is vacant and used as a car parking lot.

Directly next to the site is the South Brisbane Train Station which is a heritage listed red brick building 1 storey in height. Opposite the site is the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Located in the Cultural Centre precinct the site is a prominent corner site with direct access off the Victoria Bridge and walking distance to South Bank. There is a current proposal to pedestrianise Grey Street to encourage foot traffic and activation of this key site.

In 2016 the site was bought by Canberra-based developer Doma Group who proposed a thirty storey hotel and residential tower. However, since then, the site has been resumed by Brisbane City Council to allow for the proposed Brisbane Metro South Bank underground station.


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