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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Design excellence to shape world-class public spaces within Queen’s Wharf development

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Design excellence to shape world-class public spaces within Queen’s Wharf development

    New design guidelines released today will help transform the public space surrounding the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (QWB) development into an inviting, world-class destination, under the guidance of some of Australia’s best design experts.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Jackie Trad said the Queen’s Wharf design guidelines and the Palaszczuk Government’s newly appointed ‘Urban Design Panel’ of planning and design experts would ensure the Queen’s Wharf project delivered new high-quality public realm for our city.

    “The Queen’s Wharf Priority Development Area is a major project which will transform the south-western edge of Brisbane’s CBD, attracting significant investment to our city and creating up to 3,000 jobs during construction and 8,000 ongoing jobs post-construction,” Ms Trad said.

    “We know the people of Brisbane love well designed and attractive places and spaces and with these guidelines, our new specialist Urban Design Panel will ensure we create more world-class public spaces in this premier site for residents and visitors to our city to enjoy.

    “Brisbane’s first roads, wharves and infrastructure can all be traced back to Queen’s Wharf. In fact, this area is home to 11 Queensland Heritage sites and archaeological places listed of local heritage value, including the convict built Commissariat store – Queensland’s second oldest building – the Commandant’s Cottage and the site of the Bellevue Hotel.

    “These guidelines will help ensure the new public spaces respect the Queen’s Wharf riverfront and rich heritage, while still maximising connectivity and appeal through appropriate design, entrances and landscaping.”

    The design guideline embraces five themes:

    • 'Distinct’ to maximise the advantage of our climate, creativity and heritage;
    • ‘Functional’ to drive great connectivity with the CBD and surrounds;
    • ‘Inviting’ to promote active and safe spaces and protect views;
    • ‘Integrate’ to ensure that QWB is very much a part of our city;
    • ‘Diverse’ to encourage active and versatile spaces like plazas and laneways, pedestrian and bicycle linkages, a riverside promenade as well as flexible large-scale event areas.

    Ms Trad said the guidelines would be used by the Palaszczuk Government’s recently appointed Urban Design Panel to ensure quality design and to protect valuable heritage sites throughout the development assessment process.

    “Destination Brisbane Consortium’s overarching design has been agreed to by the State, but it will still need to undergo a rigorous development assessment process,” Ms Trad said.

    “The Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton, as chair of the Panel will oversee the design transformation of this under-utilised area while ensuring that heritage buildings and the riverfront are respected and enhanced.

    “The Panel will also investigate how people travel and move through the busy university and government precinct, examining the challenge of integrating the Riverside Expressway, Queensland’s busiest roadway, and transforming the area under it into a desired destination.”

    Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton said, “Being able to comment early in the life of a project significantly increases the potential to add value to projects and help deliver better built environments which generate economic value.”

    “The panel will play an important role in lifting the standards of urban design and place making across Queensland.”

    The new Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel is made up of 18 high-calibre practitioners from across Australia representing key design disciplines. Members will be selected to represent the panel to provide advice on significant projects across Queensland on a project by project basis.

    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) on 28 November 2014 to facilitate the planning and delivery of an integrated resort development including a casino and other related development on the site. The PDA consists of approximately 26.8 hectares of land and water in the south-west corner of the Brisbane city centre including approximately one kilometre of Brisbane River frontage.

    To view the ‘Priority Development Area Public Realm and Movement Network Planning and Design Guideline’ visit

    Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel
    The following people have been appointed to the panel for two years: 

    Emma Appleton, VIC: Ms Appleton is a landscape architect and experienced urban designer with more than 18 years’ experience in the industry. She has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom and has worked for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.  

    Marcus Brown, QLD: Mr Brown is an urban economist with more than 17 years’ experience and has provided advice for a range of demographics, including indigenous and remote communities, rural towns, provincial cities and metropolitan areas.

    Catherin Bull, QLD: Professor Bull is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Melbourne and has led national and international consultancies in landscape architecture and urban design. She has published two books and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to landscape architecture and urban design. She has recently been appointed as the new Chair of South Bank and also serves on the Building Queensland board.   

    Cathryn Chatburn, QLD: Ms Chatburn is an award-winning urban designer with more than 23 years of practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked on a diverse range of projects for both the public and private sectors and now runs her own consultancy. 

    Peter Edwards, QLD: Mr Edwards is an architect who has spent the past twenty years working in large multi- disciplinary design firms and has led the design of many award winning urban design projects. He is now a co-founder and director of a Brisbane-based architecture firm and more recently has led work on the master-planned Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village. 

    Leisl Harris, QLD: Ms Harris’ 25 years’ experience in town planning, design and development has seen her work on a variety of complex infrastructure assets and precincts. Her key areas of expertise are civic and social infrastructure, precinct creation and implementation and developing partnerships between public and private entities.

    Chris Isles, QLD: Mr Isles is a town planner with more than 15 years’ experience in the planning and development industry. He is currently the vice president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia in Queensland and has an excellent understanding of project feasibility, construction and market conditions.

    Richard Kirk, QLD: Mr Kirk is one of Queensland’s most renowned architects with more than 25 years’ experience and the outgoing president of the Australian Institute of Architects. After graduating with first class honours he went on to establish his own practice which has become a leader in designing quality architectural outcomes for complex building types on landmark sites.

    Helen Lochhead, NSW: Ms Lochhead is an architect and urban designer who has worked in the public and private sectors in Australia and the United States for more than 25 years. Her career has focussed on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex large-scale projects and programs. A recent Loeb fellow at Harvard, she is now a Dean of the School of Build Environment at the University of New South Wales. 

    Toby Lodge, QLD: Mr Lodge is a town planner who has been working in urban renewal, transit orientated development and urban infill growth management for nearly 20 years. He has worked on a range of major master planning projects across Australia and the United Kingdom, including the Gold Coast Light Rail and Moreton Bay Rail Link projects.

    Michael Rayner, QLD: Mr Rayner is one of Queensland’s leading architects who has won several Australian and international design awards and designed many of the state’s significant public buildings. Born in Sydney, he graduated a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours in 1980 and after 10 years moved to Brisbane.

    Martin Reason, QLD: Mr Reason has worked the public and private sectors as a town planner for the last 20 years. He has worked in urban, regional and infrastructure planning and urban design in Australia, the United Kingdom and China.
    Peter Richards, QLD: Mr Richards is an architect with a master’s degree in urban design and is highly respected across the industry for his strategic thinking and design leadership. He has worked on a wide-range of projects, from housing and complex public buildings to neighbourhoods, town design and planning for new cities.

    Bridget Smyth, NSW: Ms Smyth has more than 25 years’ experience as an urban designer and is currently the director of design for the City of Sydney. She has worked on major public domain and infrastructure projects in Australia and the United States, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.  

    Caroline Stalker, QLD: Ms Stalker is an architect with nearly 30 years’ experience and is committed to creating engaging places for people to enjoy. She is well-regarded for her collaborative design facilitation, master planning of town centres, new towns, universities and schools, and detailed design and delivery of public spaces, buildings and housing.

    Stuart Vokes, QLD: Mr 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, along with furniture design and teaching. He has worked in the industry for more than 20 years.

    Nathalie Ward, QLD: Ms Ward is a landscape architect who has been involved in the design and implementation of major public realm and infrastructure projects, parks, commercial developments, residential and land rehabilitation projects for the last 23 years. She has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong and is passionate about creating meaningful places that contribute to the sustainable future of our cities.

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