The Executive Building in Brisbane's George St, left, is being demolished. And right, Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen at work in the building.
The Executive Building in Brisbane's George St, left, is being demolished. And right, Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen at work in the building.

Sir Joh's Executive Building to be reduced to rubble

AN EXCAVATOR has begun demolishing Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's brutalist-style Executive Building, after workers spent the past few months gutting the former premier's legacy.

The Bjelke-Petersen government was infamous for building demolitions (some in the middle of the night) including the nearby historic Belle Vue Hotel in 1979.

A 4.5 tonne excavator had to be lifted on to the rooftop of the 15-storey Executive Building which is the tallest to be demolished in Brisbane's history.

The George St building in central Brisbane is among three to go by the end of the year to make way for the $3 billion Queen's Wharf development by Destination Brisbane Consortium.

Project director Simon Crooks said the 1971-era building had been "wrapped in scaffolding and vinyl" after it had been stripped inside.

"Rubble will be safely deposited down the lift shafts to ground level, collected by trucks that will then be covered to minimise dust, before being transported off-site," Mr Crooks said.

The site is expected to be ready for excavation work for an underground carpark at the start of next year.

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