CUSP is pleased to be part of the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) which has been awarded the all-transformative Queen’s Wharf Precinct project.
The Precinct will be a landmark development for Brisbane and will revitalise nine hectares of riverfront within the heart of our city.
The scheme includes widespread and complex public realm improvements, the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and iconic architecture that evokes the essence of the Queensland indoor/outdoor lifestyle and will place Queens Wharf Brisbane on the world stage as an international tourist destination.
CUSP was proudly engaged to provide urban design, masterplanning and landscape architectural services and was charged with; ensuring the successful connection of the City to the River in the broader context of the public realm via a series of cross block connections, the reimagining and activation of 1.2km of previously neglected river foreshore, a new pedestrian bridge connecting the City to South Bank and public plaza levels within the IRD including the Sky Walk. This was undertaken in conjunction with the highly skilled multi-disciplinary DBC team including but not limited to Cottee Parker Architects, Jerde, ML Design, Urbis, MWA, RLB, WSP, JLL and Scharp.
For more information for to www.destinationbrisbaneconsortium.com.au.
Services: Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning, Urban Design.
Located within the heart of Brisbane City at Southbank, River Quay is a 42 hectare river edge precinct which has transformed an underutilised and remnant Expo 88 boardwalk site into a truly world class public realm.
CUSP’s Director Stephen Pate worked with South Bank Corporation as lead consultant who worked in collaboration with Arkhefield to master plan and design the public realm of this prominent Brisbane site. The overall objective was to develop a new commercially viable and dynamic river edge destination with a unique Brisbane atmosphere.
River Quay is one of Southbank’s most successful and significant projects, creating a highly interactive waterfront precinct for the ten million people who visit each year to enjoy Brisbane’s climate, culture and lifestyle.
Southbank Corporation’s brief was to create an international quality river edge public realm that contributed to a sense of address for the parklands, provided new active edges whilst improving connectivity through the site as well as direct access to the Brisbane River.
Stephen envisioned a unified landscape strategy and design that harnessed the site’s strategic location and aspect while celebrating Brisbane’s subtropical climate the sites connection with adjacent spaces and the symbolic nature of the river movements.
Central to the design was the sweep of a pedestrian boulevard away from the river and in front of dining areas, setting up a series of gestures abstracting tidelines within the landscape plane. The pedestrian boulevard has enabled uncompromised views of the river and active frontages for its restaurants. Grassed embankments and terraces, with passive views over the river and the city skyline, have also been created to support a variety of social and cultural activities. A broad flat lawn was established to provide a place for informal recreation.
The design of the precinct has been highly successful in enabling Brisbane’s community to own the river as a public space, whilst balancing the cultural and environmental landscapes with the commercial needs of its retailers. The outcome provides a platform for successful longer-term social, environmental and economic sustainability for the Southbank Parklands.
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The Jetty South Bank (images 3-5)
South Bank Parklands is Brisbane’s urban oasis of landscape, health, activity and modern dining, opposite the Central Business District and linked by the city’s best asset – the Brisbane River.
A haven of natural beauty, South Bank offers more than 17 hectares of riverfront parkland featuring 20 landscaped spaces. Providing an escape from the frantic pace of urban living South Bank is where its visitors can take time out and enjoy a relaxing, natural setting.
Over a ten-year period, whilst employed by his previous practice, S.P.L.A.T (then Cardno S.P.L.A.T) Stephen Pate worked as Master Landscape Architect on what continues to be a charming network of public open spaces loved just as much by visitors as it is by locals. Stephen’s work on the Master Plan has been instrumental in transforming South Bank into a thriving precinct that embodies Queensland’s quintessential qualities: climate, landscape, character, diversity and lifestyle.
Stephen’s role encompassed strategies for parkland improvement including design and documentation and contract administration of parkland areas. Some direct examples of Stephen’s work is demonstrated in Picnic Island, the Southern Entry (Goodwill Bridge intersection) Aquativity water play feature, the Lagoon upgrade, Boat Pond extension and award winning River Quay.
Services: Masterplanning, Urban Design, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Contract Administration, Peer Review.
Inspired by the tree-line city streets of Paris, Barcelona, Singapore and Porto Alegre and public realm showcases of New York, Switzerland and Sydney, CUSP advised Brisbane City Council as part of their role on the Independent Design Advisory Panel (IDAP) and identified opportunities for the establishment of subtropical boulevards and public space promotion along primary hilltops, greens, river catchments and road and gateways throughout Brisbane’s CBD and surround suburbs.
Services: Masterplanning, Urban Design.
The Gold Coast City Council is working to deliver a new cultural precinct that will be a focal point and space where people come together to engage in arts, culture and each other - a place that ‘makes visible’ the Gold Coast’s cultural and creative life.
CUSP has been collaborating with lead Stage One and Stage Two consultant, ARM Architecture along with other masterplan team members, Topotek1, BIOME and historian Michael Aird in the preparation of a comprehensive Botanical Design overlay and pedestrian bridge study.
With work planned to start early in 2016, Stage One of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct includes an outdoor amphitheatre for civic and cultural celebrations such as Citizenship and Australia Day celebrations, opera in the park, simulcasts and cultural festivals.
CUSP produced a Botanical Overlay including a planting species list that is exciting and diverse, as well as being durable and sustainable. A master plant palette was developed to inform landscape design decisions related to species selection for the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct. This detailed list includes information such as species name, common name, growing conditions, growth habit, designation of plant species per landscape character zone taking into consideration site conditions, points of botanical interest, indigenous significance including traditional uses of the plants, flower colour, identified in the City of Gold Coast Plant Selection Guide, Australian Native status and plant image.
Completion of Stage One is expected before the city hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018. For more information on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct go to www.goldcoastculturalprecinct.info. For more information on lead consultant, ARM Architecture, visit www.armarchitecture.com.au.
Services: Ecological Assessment, Environmental Management, General Advice, Botanical Overlay.
CUSP, in collaboration with DesignFlow supported Logan City Council in undertaking a Constraints Analysis and Options investigation of a proposed waterway enhancement initiative within the Paradise Road Precinct, south of Brisbane.
A pivotal driver for the Paradise Road Precinct waterway enhancement project was to translate the visionary ideas developed in the Slack’s Creek Catchment Recovery Project into a practical design solution that is engaging and sustainable. The CUSP|DesignFlow team optimised on the opportunity for Council to showcase its commitment to Activate, Beautify and Cleanse Slacks Creek and its parklands whilst considering the economic costs and benefits to Council and the local community.
At the core of the masterplan’s objectives was the foundation of comfort, accessibility and safety, community and identity. The design ensured ease of movement to and through the parklands and promote comfortable outdoor environments through the consideration of prevailing climatic influence such as wind, rainfall and temperature. With a key focus being to promote human interaction, exchange and inclusion, CUSP highlighted robust, programmable spaces like ‘The Listening Lounge’ and ‘Reserve Park’.
The design also allowed for control and compatibility of interface between parkland features like “Pooches Paradise”, existing residential areas, the commercial development to the east and the public realm at ground level.
An intention of the site was to form an enduring riparian identity whilst strengthening the presence of Slacks Creek through establishing a strong Eucalyptus and Melaluca canopy connections for the length of the parklands, and promoting the landscape heritage and character of Mungaree Parklands utilising public artwork and educational signage to reveal the layers of natural, indigenous and urban history.
Services: Masterplanning, Urban Design, Concept Design, Ecological Assessment.