Emirates House was formerly known as the Eagle Street Development, conceptualised by Peddle Thorp & Harvey in the 1960’s. Completed in 1971, it was the second tallest building in Brisbane after the SGIO (Suncorp) building and one of the city’s earliest office towers. It later became known as 167 Eagle Street.
This was part of a three stage development which consisted of the Banking Chamber building, 167 Eagle Street, Australia House and the surrounding Eagle Plaza which fronted the Brisbane River. In its’ heyday, the ground plane of the development provided spacious plaza areas with landscaping and seating accommodation, and was the first development in Brisbane to address the river.
Looking across the Nixon-Smith Wharves, which were later used for car-parking, Eagle Plaza won a State Architecture Award for urban design. In 1987, development approval was granted for the reclamation of the wharves area, and the development of the northern part of the site, 175 Eagle Street, as a thirty storey building, shaped open up vistas to the historic Customs House. The development was designed for The Hammerson Group of Companies, a British property investment company that remained active for another twenty years in Queensland.
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