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Deputy Premier's Award for Urban Design 2017

The Deputy Premier's Award for Urban Design recognises contemporary Queensland urban design projects of the highest quality and encourages cities, towns and communities across Queensland to strive for best practice in all projects. The award highlights the critical role of good urban design in shaping Queensland and how collaborative relationships can lead to the successful development of the built environment.

Logan City Council’s Beenleigh Town Square Project was named the winner of the Deputy Premier’s Award for Urban Design 2017 by the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Jackie Trad MP, on Friday 24 March at the State Library of Queensland.

Winner: Beenleigh Town Square Project

Beenleigh Town Square

Jury citation

The jury felt this project was a bold and decisive re-prioritisation of a six way intersection into a transformative public place for the community. This catalyst project has created a new address to Beenleigh that reimagines the role of the central business district as a place for people. It creates new opportunities for local events such as musical performances, farmers markets and community gatherings. This simple intervention, negotiated through complex and collaborative processes, demonstrates the enormous potential of urban design to re-imagine our cities as inclusive places for people that have direct economic, social and environmental benefit.

Location: Logan
Team: Logan City Council, AECOM, MRCagney and Wilson Architects


Brisbane Showgrounds - Public Realm Overlay

Jury citation

The project reveals the previously walled and wrapped RNA showgrounds to create a permeable public realm that redefines the role of the showgrounds as both a neighbourhood and city asset. The project unlocks vital land in the precinct, creating newly accessible space that negotiates a complex range of both public and show programs. The design preserves the existing program of RNA events allowing the RNA to co-exist within this inner city environment while allowing Brisbane to embrace its history, creating a unique urban environment. The public realm that has been delivered acknowledges and responds to the existing context—including heritage buildings, vegetation and important pedestrian links through the site—while navigating complex level changes and site challenges. The jury felt this project was an enables change for the broader Bowen Hills precinct which continues to grow and develop into a prominent inner city neighbourhood.

Project: Brisbane Showgrounds – Public Realm Overlay
Location: Brisbane
Team: RNA and Lendlease with Lat27

Kwong Sang Walk Laneway Creation Project

Jury citation

The jury agreed that though the project was small it was incredibly powerful in its impact on the broader urban city environment. The demolition of an existing building to create a new fine grain pedestrian connection through the city represents the power of strong leadership in removing rather than adding to the urban environment. This newly created void in the city block allows for rediscovery of the surrounding architecture while creating a canvas for cultural expression through temporary and permanent installations and performances. The name and expression of the laneway creates a unique sense of place acknowledging the Kwong Sang family who established their business on the site and who were part of a community that have positively contributed to the rich history of Toowoomba. The jury reflected on the laneway’s ability for the community to re-engage and enjoy an established part of the city environment and saw the project as catalyst of change in the broader city context.

Project: Kwong Sang Walk Laneway Creation
Location: Toowoomba
Team: Toowoomba Regional Council

The Gold Coast Landscape Character Study

Jury citation

This project sets a precedent for landscape character evaluation and mapping that continues to inform local planning policy and projects on the Gold Coast. The jury commended the project team for developing a strategic framework that recognises the unique attributes of the Gold Coast including both natural and built form elements to help inform new development that is culturally and environmentally sensitive to the specifics of place. The innovative project methodology allows for information to be continually updated, ensuring landscape and heritage assessment at various scales recognises the distinctive attributes of a site and therefore creating a strong urban and natural identity for the Gold Coast.

Project: Gold Coast Landscape Character Study
Location: Gold Coast
Team: City of Gold Coast with Cardno, Catherine Brouwer and Michael Aird


Albert street vision

Albert Street Vision, Brisbane, Brisbane City Council, HASSELL and Urban Renewal Brisbane

Bakery lane

Bakery Lane, Brisbane, Hayes Anderson Lynch Architects.

Beenleigh Town Square

Beenleigh Town Square, Logan, Logan City Council, AECOM, MRCagney and Wilson Architects.

Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal

Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal, Brisbane, Cox Architecture, Aurecon and Lat27

Brisbane Showgrounds - Public Realm Overlay

Brisbane Showgrounds - Public Realm Overlay, Brisbane, RNA and Lendlease with Lat27

Chinatown Gold Coast

Chinatown Gold Coast, Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast – City place making, Major Projects

City Centre North Masterplan

City Centre North Masterplan, Springfield, Woods Bagot Pty Ltd and Urbis Pty Ltd

Gladstone East Shores Redevelopment

Gladstone East Shores Redevelopment, Gladstone, Woods Bagot Pty Ltd and Urbis Pty Ltd

King's College 10 year Masterplan

King's College 10 year Masterplan, Brisbane, Wilson Architects

Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade - Reference Urban Design Framework

Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade - Reference Urban Design Framework, Brisbane, FRED St Pty Ltd

Kurrawa Terrace

Kurrawa Terrace, Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast with Cardno

Kwong Sang Walk Laneway Creation Project

Kwong Sang Walk Laneway Creation Project, Toowoomba, Toowoomba Regional Council

Orion Lagoon

Orion Lagoon, Springfield, Vee Design

Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan

Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan, Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council with AECOM

Sunshine Cove

Sunshine Cove, Maroochydore, RPS Australia Asia Pacific

The Gold Coast Landscape Character Study

The Gold Coast Landscape Character Study, Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast with Cardno

480 Queen Street

480 Queen Street, Brisbane, BVN Architecture and Lat27 Landscape Architecture

Jury members

Malcolm Middleton (Chair) is an urban designer and architect who brings a wealth of experience to the role of Queensland Government Architect, having been involved in the industry for more than 35 years. He has practical experience in the areas of architecture, master planning and urban design and had extensive experience in the integration of landscape design principles into project solutions.

Cathryn Chatburn is an award-winning urban designer and landscape architect with more than 23 years of practice in Australia and the United Kingdom.

James Coutts has more than 30 years experience as a planner and is currently an Executive Director in the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. He joined the department in 2010 to promote the development of key planning projects. In a prior position James was the Director of Planning at the Urban Land Development Authority.

Chris Isles is a town planner with more than 15 years’ experience in the planning and development industry. He was awarded the Australian Planner of the Year by the Planning Institute of Australia in 2015. He has expertise in project feasibility, construction and market conditions, technology in planning and Smart Cities.

Marek Krynski is a senior development manager with Economic Development Queensland and has 14 years private and government sector development industry experience delivering award-winning master-planned urban infill projects. As a registered architect for the past 25 years, Marek is passionate about built-form and its relationship with the public realm.

Leah Lang was recently appointed Gold Coast City Architect, having worked in the industry for more than 20 years in award-winning practices in the United Kingdom, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Stuart Vokes is a multi-award-winning architect and co-director of a Brisbane-based architectural practice that specialises in boutique residential, commercial and institutional projects, as well as furniture design and teaching.


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