A Queensland bayside community development in one of Australia’s key growth corridors.
We are delighted to welcome Christoph Pester, Lauren Evans and Milkana Kirova to the CUSP family.
Christoph Pester is a Senior Landscape Architect who has worked on numerous high profile projects across the world. Bringing over 13 years-experience, seven of those years with leading infrastructure group, AECOM, Christoph’s particular experience is in flora, fauna and WSUD. His experience allows him to push the envelope and develop designs which draw on the natural environment of a site. Originally from Germany, Christoph’s bilingual proficiency is already working to his advantage with our work on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct project with part of the design team (Topotek) being German-based.
Lauren Evans is a Senior Landscape Architect with over 10 years managing complex landscape and construction projects from inception to completion. Lauren has many strengths to offer clients, but if we have to name one, it would be in the broadscale residential space. Having led the delivery of a vast list of projects throughout Queensland. We are excited that Lauren has joined us at such an opportune time since our work in this space is growing rapidly, reflecting that of the uplift in the residential market.
Milkana Kirova is a truly talented graphic designer and artist. She has been a fixture of the CUSP team as a contractor for the last 12 months and has worked with the team in delivering a collection of remarkable illustrations for Queens Wharf, Newport Masterplan, Lot 954 Northlakes, Taigum Village and Flagstone. With over 17 years direct industry experience, Milkana’s work is a fundamental ingredient in any project marketing suite.
“We are very pleased to be welcoming Christoph, Lauren and Milkana to CUSP. Individually, they have developed strong reputations in the market for collaborating and delivering outstanding work for clients which is often quite complex,” said Stephen Pate, CUSP Director.
“They are joining CUSP at a time when our presence in Queensland is rapidly expanding, with many exciting projects in the pipeline. We look forward to seeing their expertise come to life and enhance our capability in the region and beyond,” said Stephen.
Like all of the CUSP team, Christoph, Lauren and Milkana can be contacted at any time - see below for details.
Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) today unveiled landmark designs for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.
The plans include
- The iconic signature “Arc” building
- A spectacular feature Sky Deck, with restaurants and bars fully accessible to the public
- Five new premium hotel brands, three 6-star venues, including Ritz-Carlton and Rosewood
- Fifty restaurants and bars, from hatted fine dining to pop-up cafes
- Dozens of unique attractions, including a spectacular water and light show, playing several times each night in the new “River Arena”
- A new lyric theatre at QPAC
- Riverfront moonlight cinema
- 12 football fields of public event space
DBC’s proposals also include the establishment of a new, Asia-facing Queensland hotel and hospitality school, headquartered on the Gold Coast, with campuses at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.
Echo Entertainment Group Chairman John O’Neill AO promised the plans would deliver “the best Integrated Resort in Australia” should DBC be successful in their bid to develop the highly significant city-centre site.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the Queensland Government for providing this opportunity to outline our plans today, and to congratulate them on their foresight and vision, and for the highly professional way in which they have managed the bidding and probity processes,” he said.
For Queen’s Wharf, which he described as “arguably the most significant redevelopment project in the history of the Brisbane CBD”, he added “Brisbane should have the best integrated resort in Australia. Not just a good integrated resort that plays second fiddle to Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, but the best integrated resort in the country”.
Destination Brisbane Consortium today committed to delivering just that.
DBC presented iconic architectural features for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, designed through extensive consultation, research and local expertise to ensure that DBC’s design fits and amplifies Brisbane's unique subtropical climate, lifestyle, cityscape, traditional cultural significance, and heritage assets.
Echo Entertainment Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Matt Bekier, described the DBC approach as a “whole-of-precinct vision”.
“By relocating the existing casino, and transforming Brisbane’s heritage Treasury Casino buildings into a premium shopping experience and a new six-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DBC’s proposal connects and activates the whole precinct with Southbank, Queen Street Mall and the CBD,” he said.
“By using the whole precinct, we have been able to provide real connectivity to the rest of the city, making sure that this really becomes the new heart of the CBD.
And of course Destination Brisbane Consortium’s scheme does not require an additional casino in the precinct,” Bekier said.
“It is very deliberately, unmistakably, quintessentially Brisbane,” O’Neill added.
He went on to emphasise that for Destination Brisbane Consortium, Queensland is the “absolute, unequivocal priority”.
“Echo Entertainment Group will have more business and more staff in Queensland than anywhere else in the world when Queen’s Wharf opens. We have very significant equity in this development – real skin. So much so that the Board of Echo Entertainment Group recently formally committed to move our corporate head office to Brisbane, if Destination Brisbane is appointed to develop Queen’s Wharf”, he said.
DBC’s design and the many attractions and features were shaped after specific research conducted in key markets across Queensland, Australia and China. The research demonstrated that DBC’s particular scheme will deliver 1.39m additional overnight tourist visitors to Queensland each year from Day 1. “That is a genuine game-changer for tourism in Queensland,” observed O’Neill. “The distinctiveness and appeal of our scheme, together with the huge reach of our Consortium Partners’ distribution channels into China, Asia and around the world, can super-charge Queensland Tourism.”
DBC also estimate that the new precinct will generate at least 8,000 new jobs for Queensland.
“The 8000-plus new jobs this will deliver to Queensland, will be in addition to the over 3,000 people already employed at Echo’s existing Queensland facilities,” said Bekier. “These jobs will be in the operation of the resort, in head office functions and in the new Queensland Tourism and Hospitality School”.
For more information visit www.destinationbrisbaneconsortium.com.au.
The Queen's Wharf Precinct is a landmark development opportunity for Brisbane to revitalise an area of nine hectares within the heart of the city. The realisation of an integrated resort development (IRD) with significant public realm areas and the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, will place Queens Wharf Brisbane on the world stage as an international tourist destination. CUSP was engaged to provided landscape architectural design services to the Destination Brisbane Consortium with a focus on the precinct zone between William Street and the river foreshore including public plaza levels within the IRD. This was undertaken in conjunction with Jerde International, based in the United States/Hong Kong and interfaced with Urbis who undertook the precinct area to the north of William Street.
For more information on the Destination Brisbane Consortium, visit www.destinationbrisbaneconsortium.com.au