Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage 3 Preliminary Business Case
The City of Gold Coast and WSP engaged CUSP to prepare landscape and urban design strategies for the preliminary business case design phase of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3.
Gold Coast, QLD
City of Gold Coast
Masterplanning and Urban Design
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.
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, and the integration of pedestrian/cycle circulation, were part of the challenges faced when producing a well thought out design. This design takes into consideration how to maximise corridor accessibility, provide a safe public realm and increase the visual amenity and landscape opportunities.
The final document, incorporating the cost plan, will act as a reliable reference to inform the City of Gold Coast’s Preliminary Business Case for the extension.