Awarded for design excellence in civic and tourism categories at the 2018 AILA Queensland Awards, City of Gold Coast HOTA Outdoor Stage is a world class destination, hosting top tier performances, civic and cultural celebrations, catering for audiences of up to 5,000 people. The original vision statement for the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct aimed to “create a cultural centre of gravity; a new, distinctly Gold Coast and distinctly 21st century platform to express ourselves and our pride in our city”. Stage One of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct certainly delivers this with the Versatile Outdoor Space (VOS).
CUSP was engaged by the Gold Coast City Council to collaborate with the lead designers, Topotek1 and ARM; and to develop a coordinated external works design package, based on the masterplan’s Voronoi diagram layout, with management of the delivery to meet all expectations.
The dramatic vision for the VOS focuses on integrating the facility into the landscape, whilst providing additional opportunities for the public to engage with the space. The design of the space was also to ensure it is suitable for a wide variety of uses, including public and private functions of diverse scales. Rather than a stand-alone building, the stage and ancillary areas were enveloped within a large landscape mound, forming a substantial green roof over the facility. Above the mound and stage areas “floats” a 10 tonne 600 square meter shade structure, with the Surfers Paradise skyline as the backdrop. CUSP incorporated the public Adventure Walk into the mound which takes people on a journey through to the summit, allowing enjoyment of views back into the Cultural Precinct and over Evendale Lake. As part of this experience, themed landscaped zones including the Rainforest Adventure and Summit Gardens have been incorporated to accentuate the experience and provide a botanical experience. Grassed terraces, lawns and access paths associated with structure planting complete the facility.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of Suva, the State House of Fiji, accommodates the residence and offices of the Fijian President. The restored 1927 colonial establishment, including its ancillary buildings, perches on the elevated section of a 40-acre estate, significant for its cultural and historical background, and with a prominent position overlooking Suva Harbour.
The client brief was to represent a comprehensive display of Fiji’s past, present and future, whilst enhancing the grand setting originally envisaged. An important feature of the masterplan was the review of the arrival sequence from the main gate through to the Porte cochere entry of the State House. Enhancement included strengthening the existing Royal Palm avenue, a proposed lake system; and incorporation of a formal ceremonial zone. In consultation with botanists from the University of South Pacific, extensive theme gardens were included into the design to provide a botanical and cultural overlay to the estate with an emphasis on providing local Fijians access to their nations rich and diverse background.
Following presentation to the client body, the masterplan was firmly endorsed and is now waiting Treasury approval ahead of Stage 1 works.
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Located on Pacific Harbour’s beach, near Fiji’s capital Suva, the Pearl Resort epitomises the sublime environs of the Pacific, with its lush tropical landscapes and views over Beqa Lagoon.
CUSP was engaged to provide strategic overview and master planning advice for the resort’s expansion and revitalisation. CUSP’s approach was to enhance the site’s strengths by showcasing its natural assets; the existing mature vegetation; the location, combining riverine and coastal interfaces, and the traditional cultural landscape, with particular focus on the endemic species.
CUSP played an active role throughout the expansion of The Pearl Resort, providing design and construction services to ensure the vision of the Masterplan was delivered.
Services: Master Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction Services
Landscape Construction Value: $2M
Year Completed: 2015
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Maravista, an established Macadamia Nut Plantation is owned by a restaurant conglomerate associated with Noosa’s famous Hastings Street.
The client’s vision for the estate is to showcase their “paddock to plate” philosophy; deliver fresh produce to their restaurants and create a tourist destination focused on organic food growing within the Sunshine Coast hinterland. CUSP was engaged to develop a masterplan that best expresses and brings to life the client’s extensive vision, requiring all of CUSP's landscape planning skills, botanical knowledge, and creative expertise.
The client’s brief also required a zone suitable for wedding functions. Contemporary sub-tropical architecture “chapels” were located beside the lake edges to allow for multiple ceremony opportunities with high quality amenity.
The CUSP masterplan identified environmental zones, creek corridors and existing landscapes for revegetation to weave the broader natural biodiversity with the productive spaces.
Services: Masterplanning, Concept Design
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The City of Gold Coast engaged CUSP to prepare landscape and urban design strategies for the reference design phase of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3. The proposed extension of the existing Light Rail is to link Broadbeach South Station to Burleigh Heads, offering greater connectivity to the wider Gold Coast area and function as a catalyst for regeneration.
CUSP undertook extensive site analysis and desktop studies to provide input on station siting with the purpose of maximising the best urban design outcomes. Further to the site review and combined with a study of the existing Light Rail projects, CUSP produced a design strategy to integrate with the existing look, feel and materiality of Stages 1 and 2 whilst improving on the previous deliveries, particularly in the increased extent of planting. Part of this process was to identify key areas along the corridor and respond with a hierarchy of finishes and treatments related to the existing and long term vision for uses within Stage 3.
Existing significant vegetation, indigenous heritage sites; level changes and the integration of pedestrian/ cycle circulation were part of the challenges in a well-thought out design
The 10 hectare Flagstone regional recreation park, will provide the Town Centre’s “green heart”; a significant recreational facility; and an essential community focal node for the region. The delivery of Stages 1 and 2 initiates the clients original vision of a public destination that supports a healthy lifestyle; ensures a stronger experience of community and; emphasises the sense of “fun and adventure”.
The Stage 1 concept was developed to have an emphasis on active recreational facilities and to function as the south-east gateway to both the park and town centre. The main backbone to this space is a contemporary street style skate plaza incorporating a series of transitional elements such as a vert wall and quarter pipes. This facility has an integral relationship and connection with the surrounding landscape that, from day one, provided a “pumping”, playful and alive epicenter to the zone.
In addition to the skate plaza, the park features a multipurpose half court, fitness equipment, mini football field and young adult playground equipment, along with viewing area and break-out spaces, to provide a raft of active recreation opportunities for the Flagstone community. Along with the skate park, these facilities are integrated into the natural site level changes that fall towards Little Sandy Tributary.
Terraced seating and a programmable plaza area provide a space for community events such as markets and outdoor performances and highlights the gateway functionality.
Situated to the north east and in closer proximity to residential housing, Stage 2 offers an experience that ‘extends the backyard’. This area features a large and small dog play area, “Big Paws” and “Small Paws”, including Queensland’s first dog water play area that creates plenty of entertainment for Flagstone’s furry friends and provides an informal community gathering space. The delivery of Stage 2 also establishes important active transport links for the community and vital connections both into the park and to other key community facilities.
CUSP was engaged to design and supervise the complete restoration to a section of the Bundamba Creek Corridor that had become highly degraded. In addition to the concept design of the creek invert and the detail design/construction supervision of revegetation works, CUSP was required to provide the appropriate community consultation to deliver the resulting outcome to the satisfaction of all parties.
Realignment of 150 linear metres of the Bundamba reach became the starting point to the project. A series of pools and riffles were used to recreate a natural environment and carefully placed rocks and logs provided a natural solution to bank stablisation.
During the delivery of the project CUSP was involved in consultation with local stakeholder groups including the local council, state bodies, local catchment group, local schools and interested members of the community. As part of this consultation CUSP presented at community engagement Q & A sessions and facilitated a 'planting day' with local primary and secondary school students.
For two years after construction of the works (December 2014) CUSP was engaged to undertake monthly reporting to monitor the progress and performance of revegetation and stabilisation works. This area continues to evolve into the diverse ecosystem envisaged at the project commencement.
Client services: Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction Services, Community Consultation
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The Green Bridge is a pedestrian and cycle bridge that crosses the Nerang River to link the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct with Chevron Island to provide an active transport connection to the city via Mawarra and Thomas Street. This green bridge will be an integral feature of the Precinct providing important connectivity to the broader landscape and greater amenity to the site. CUSP have been engaged by the Gold Coast City Council to produce a bridge reference design, which includes the principal project requirements that will inform the future brief.
The bridge form is a simple ‘J’ design and CUSP’s role, in collaboration with consultants, was to develop a meaningful bridge landing. Continuing with the Voronoi theme of the masterplan, the bridge landing will use a fractual, mosaic pattern that will have aesthetic value enriched by traveling sun patterns. The proposed bridge landing will include terraces that could be used to house a coffee cart and lookouts with views over the city and across the lake. The landing will also act as an over water climbing structure accessible to bouldering climbers of different levels. This will provide a safe and adventurous recreational amenity that will be an additional spectacle for members of the public using the beach area of the Precinct.
CUSP has considered transplanting a large Moreton Bay fig tree from site into the middle of the bridge landing to create the appearance of a living structure. All of the design features developed by CUSP will provide the Cultural Precinct with a bridge landing that has greater provisional, functional and aesthetic value.
For more information on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct go to www.goldcoastculturalprecinct.info
The Rocklea to Darra Stage 1, is the latest upgrade section to the Ipswich Motorway, a vital economic artery that links commercial centres within South East Queensland, as well as supporting wider regional and national freight movements. This section is extremely constrained, as it passes through high density commercial and industrial precincts either side of the low-lying Oxley Creek flood plain - ‘the Oxley Flats’.
CUSP was engaged to develop the Urban Design and Landscape Approach aims, a suite of initiatives, to successfully integrate Stage 1 with the character of previous Motorway upgrade stages; the local character and the inherent landscape features within the project site. This required site analysis of the existing attributes, interfaces, and infrastructure ahead of cost effective design recommendations to establish a recognisable corridor character; highlight the distinctiveness of individual precincts to assist in wayfinding and; create a unique driver experience.
CUSP worked closely with the project engineers to develop guidelines dictating from, finishes and colour for major existing and proposed structures including bridges, retaining walls and pedestrian underpasses. In addition, aims were proposed to create a self-sustaining, low maintenance landscape that responds to the local vegetation types and landscape: assists in integrating the infrastructure within the corridor; provides amenity and environmental benefits; and supports the overall Project Objectives of improving safety, enhancing active transport opportunities; and providing flood resilience.
Set between Queensland’s Gold Coast and Brisbane, Flagstone will soon be a defining part of the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area.
The Greater Flagstone PDA Development Scheme was approved by government in 2011 and a context plan has been submitted for the first village of the 1,500 hectare Flagstone development site. Over the next 30 years, 12,000 families will choose to live in one of the suburban neighbourhoods surrounding a 100 hectare town centre, providing employment for over 10,000 people.
CUSP was responsible for Masterplanning, concept design, detailed design and contract administration for landscape works delivered in the Regional Recreation Park, Trunk Roads, Railway Bridge Crossing, Waterway Corridors, Sports Fields, Sales office and residential streetscapes.
Our goal, in collaboration with PEET and the consultant team, was to deliver a design that will set Flagstone apart as a benchmark for innovative and sustainable urban design – and a great place to live, work, learn and play.
For more information go to www.flagstone.com.au
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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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.
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.