Logan City Council won the inaugural Deputy Premier’s Award for Urban Design for its Beenleigh Town Square project, a collaboration with AECOM, MRCagney and Wilson Architects.
In presenting the award at State Library of Queensland, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad praised Logan City Council for transforming a six way intersection into a vibrant community space.
“The council has really demonstrated a passion for great urban design in creating such a wonderful gathering and focal point for local people,” said Ms Trad.
“They were bold and innovative in their approach and it’s developed a new community heart where people can gather and enjoy great events like musical performances or farmers markets.
“The Beenleigh Town Square has also generated direct economic benefits for the local business community by re-shaping the central business district into a welcoming and inclusive place for the entire community.
The Deputy Premier’s Award for Urban Design aims to achieve better urban design outcomes across Queensland.
“This is all about how great urban design can transform our cities and towns and recognising the passionate people that deliver these projects.”
Ms Trad also announced a new design competition to develop ‘missing middle’ housing design concepts, a focal point in the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan.
“This is about how density and diversity can be done well and that higher density doesn’t necessarily always mean high rise development when it comes to housing choice,” Ms Trad said.
“We want to draw on the deep pool of design talent right across the state to show us their passion and understanding of their communities,” Ms Trad said.
Commendations were also awarded to:
- Toowoomba Regional Council for its Kwong Sang Walk Laneway Creation project
- City of Gold Coast with Cardno for the Gold Coast Landscape Character Study
- RNA and Lendlease with Lat27 for the Brisbane Showgrounds Public Realm Overlay project
The jury was chaired by Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton and comprised representatives from the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel.
For more information on the Deputy Premier’s Award for Urban Design: http://dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/architectural-and-urban-design-advice/deputy-premiers-award-urban-design.html