Civic Landscape Award of Excellence: Palmwoods New town Square
Recipient: Sunshine Coast Council
At Palmwoods New Town Square there's a lot in a small space. Sunshine Coast Council established a comprehensive engagement process that saw community capacity building taking place alongside consultation. This enabled many diverse, and often competing views to be respectfully heard, so that no one single voice dominated the outcome. The agreed values have also been sensitively translated into the built project. The new square provides equitable access from the train station into the heart of the community: the space that has already been successfully used for community celebrations and festivals. The attention to detail is also meaningful, with local designers and craftspeople creating a range of bespoke urban furniture. The planting design incorporates signature species from the region, but also references local residential garden palettes. This thoughtful, multi-layered approach was no doubt challenging to manage, but the successful outcome means it should be looked to as an exemplar by all local and regional governments, and clients.
Civic Landscape Architecture Award: HOTA Outdoor Stage
Recipient: CUSP, TOPOTEK1, ARM
The HOTA Outdoor Stage is visually stunning and an exciting addition to the Gold Coast cultural precinct. Instead of a structure with an active front and blank back, the outdoor stage is wrapped in a landscape that can be explored and experienced up close. The stage, steps and surrounding lawn can all be used when there are no programmed events, and the seamless resolution of materials, detailing and planting demonstrate that the landscape architects were key partners in the design process.
Civic Landscape Architecture Award: Parklands Project
Recipient: Lat27 in collaboration with AAA Joint Venture
The idea of "the green heart built away from the coastline" underpins this substantial new civic-scale landscape. Working over five years and with multiple collaborators and stakeholders, the landscape architects have advocated for, and successfully delivered a cohesive public realm network. The places created were able to accommodate large groups, with ample shade, from 'Day 1', as well as providing more intimate spaces. The design also sits seamlessly within a context that transitions from highly built-up to naturalistic. With a thoughtful approach to planting, and well-integrated stormwater management, the parkland will continue to develop as an important community asset.
Civic Landscape Architecture Award: Riverside Centre Revitalisation
Recipient: 360 Degrees Landscape Architects
This project has addressed numerous challenging design constraints and made it look effortless. The location is an iconic building and the design response is respectful without being subservient. A large flight of stairs leading to the riverfront has been transformed from a thoroughfare to a destination, and a complex tangle of services and other constraints are skillfully integrated. The revitalisation demonstrates how a space can be organised to provide intimate places in a public setting, and the approach has been translated through with a high level of detailing and construction.
Civic Landscape Architecture Award: Surf Parade Place Making Project, Broadbeach
Recipient: City of Gold Coast
Surf Parade demonstrates what is possible when streets are designed for many types of use, by many types of people. The street still enables private vehicle traffic on a day-to-day basis, with functional lighting, and an enhanced pedestrian experience along widened footpaths. During event mode the footpaths continue to function for dining and access, but programmable street lighting can change and people can occupy the carriageway. Change was achieved following extensive consultation and collaboration. To illustrate: construction was halted during prime trading periods, and bus routes have been re-routed so that access is maintained, but noise and fumes minimised. Services were upgraded throughout and Surf Parade is now a functional, attractive and popular space for locals and visitors alike.