Politicians Step Forward With New Plans To See Brisbane Go Live

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls has come forward with a commitment to fast-track the proposed Brisbane Live arena project led should he emerge victorious next election.

In a move they describe as making Brisbane a more attractive investment and tourist location, an LNP Government will grant AEG Ogden and their partners an exclusive mandate to develop the project.

According to The Sunday Mail, tenders would also be invited for a new university campus and the LNP had already received expressions of interest from Australian institutions.

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The LNP’s vision for the project included a new university campus, a 17,000 seat arena, film and production studios, a world-class public square, a new commercial and residential precinct, 12 hectares of new public space, a health hub and new pedestrian access to other entertainment spaces in Brisbane City.

A purpose-built entertainment and education hub located in the CBD would potentially complement the Queens Wharf Development, together with the cultural and arts precinct at South Bank and Suncorp Stadium. Mr Nicholls believes the updated plans for the project, now dubbed the Brisbane Entertainment and Education Precinct (B.E.E.P), would deliver integrated links between these important spaces to create a truly modern and strategically linked city.

This article was originally published by The Urban Developer.

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Queensland Government Plans First Inner-City Brisbane School In Decades

Two new schools will open in the inner-city in Brisbane and another significantly expanded as the Palaszczuk Government committed $500 million to the Building Future Schools Fund.

The fund’s purposes centres around building new schools, securing land in Queensland’s fastest growing regions and creating the necessary jobs to accomplish the projects in place.

Image: A ‘vertical school’ in Melbourne – the emerging concept throughout Australia to deliver more educational institutions without requiring vast amounts of land. Courtesy Hayball.

“We will build the first new high school in inner Brisbane since 1963,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“We want every child to benefit from a quality education no matter where they live. That’s why we are investing $500 million over five years to help deliver world class education facilities where they are needed most,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said through the Fund, the Advancing Inner City Schools initiative will:

  • deliver a new state secondary school at the former Fortitude Valley State School site in partnership with Queensland University of Technology
  • establish a new high school in the inner-south working with the University of Queensland to take enrolment pressure off Brisbane State High School
  • support the expansion of West End State School to meet enrolment demand

The Palaszczuk Government also claimed to have plans already underway for new state high schools in other growth areas across Queensland including Mt Low in Townsville, North Lakes/Mango Hill north of Brisbane, Calliope near Gladstone and Yarrabilba in South Logan.

Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said over the last 50 years, Brisbane used all available land to expand existing school sites, but she said you can only expand so much.

This article was originally published by The Urban Developer.

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Guidelines for The Queen’s Wharf Priority Development

Brisbane-Queens-Wharf1New design guidelines released this week will help transform the public space surrounding the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (QWB) development into an inviting, world-class destination, under the guidance of some of Australia’s best design experts.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Jackie Trad said the Queen’s Wharf design guidelines and the Palaszczuk Government’s newly appointed ‘Urban Design Panel’ of planning and design experts would ensure the Queen’s Wharf project delivered new high-quality public realm for our city.

“The Queen’s Wharf Priority Development Area is a major project which will transform the south-western edge of Brisbane’s CBD, attracting significant investment to our city and creating up to 3,000 jobs during construction and 8,000 ongoing jobs post-construction,” Ms Trad said.

“We know the people of Brisbane love well designed and attractive places and spaces and with these guidelines, our new specialist Urban Design Panel will ensure we create more world-class public spaces in this premier site for residents and visitors to our city to enjoy.

“Brisbane’s first roads, wharves and infrastructure can all be traced back to Queen’s Wharf. In fact, this area is home to 11 Queensland Heritage sites and archaeological places listed of local heritage value, including the convict built Commissariat store – Queensland’s second oldest building – the Commandant’s Cottage and the site of the Bellevue Hotel.

“These guidelines will help ensure the new public spaces respect the Queen’s Wharf riverfront and rich heritage, while still maximising connectivity and appeal through appropriate design, entrances and landscaping.”

“The panel will play an important role in lifting the standards of urban design and place making across Queensland.”

The new Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel is made up of 18 high-calibre practitioners from across Australia representing key design disciplines. Members will be selected to represent the panel to provide advice on significant projects across Queensland on a project by project basis. To read more click here.

The 9th International Urban Design Conference will be held at Hyatt Canberra from Monday 7th-8th November 2016 with optional tours available on Wednesday 9th November.

Conference registrations are now open. CLICK HERE to register for the Conference.

This years’ theme, Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities”  will focus on an understanding of what makes a city ‘smart’ from a urban design perspective and how the built environment develops during the city planning process.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 9th International Urban Design Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE.

Brisbane City Council confirmed as a major sponsor for The 8th International Urban Design Conference

We are excited to have the Brisbane City Council confirmed as a major sponsor for this year’s event.  Brisbane City Council is Australia’s largest local government authority and is undertaking a number of large urban regeneration and renewal projects.  In addition to sponsorship, the council will be facilitating 3 study tours during the conference:  Laneways, Urban Art and River Front Renewal.

The 8th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane from Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November 2015.

This years’ Conference streams to include:

  • Building inclusive multicultural cities
  • Eco cities
  • Health & urban design
  • Higher density urbanism
  • Spatial / temporal changes in Chinese cities
  • Rapid urban development in South East Asia, China & India
  • Balancing the quick and slow formation of cities
  • Using technology to change how cities work
  • How will big data change the future of cities?
  • Urban Design Practice

To view and/or download the conference program please click here and for more information or to register for this event please visit the conference website.

Brisbane to Host 8th International Urban Design Conference

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Brisbane will host the 8th International Urban Design Conference, 16 – 18 November 2015.

We are excited to announce the 8th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane from the 16 – 18 November 2015.

The theme titled “Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects” will focus on inspirational changes in urban environments.

Across the globe cities are forming and re-forming rapidly. Progressive projects in cities around the world are addressing pressing issues of climate change, economic stability, social equality and sustainable resource use.

This conference will showcase these innovations and projects which embrace and create transformational change in urban environments, ranging from the modest but high impact idea to the new eco-city, from technological experimentation to multicultural cities, from the use of big data to physical city making.

The conference program will also include presentations on the operation of an Urban Design Practice, Industry Standards and the Urban Design Profession.

Important Dates:

Abstracts open: December 2014
Abstracts close: 7 August 2015
Notification to authors: 21 August 2015
Author acceptances: 31 August 2015
Draft program available: 4 September 2015
Full papers for peer review: Required by 2 October 2015
Early bird closes: 2 October 2015

For further information please visit the conference website.