Urban design excellence recognised

19 October 2015

Winners in the City of Gold Coast’s most prestigious platform for recognition of design, liveability and sustainability have been announced.

The 2015 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards celebrate urban design projects that have enhanced the city’s image and quality of life for residents and visitors.

Mayor Tom Tate said quality urban design was essential in creating a prosperous, well-planned city.

“Our urban design and architecture is world-class and our iconic skyline is internationally recognised,” Cr Tate said.

“These awards are another way we’re fostering the development of buildings and places which reinforce local identity and support social diversity and cultural expression.”

Mayor Tate said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge individuals, businesses and projects that have contributed to the city’s image and renowned lifestyle.

“There has been a huge resurgence in building and development in our city recently and we’ve seen this fresh energy represented in the entries for this year’s competition,” he said.

“I congratulate the teams behind the three outstanding projects for their exceptional designs.”

The 2015 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards winners are:

Helen Josephson Award for Urban Design Leadership: GOLD COAST LIGHT RAIL

The Gold Coast Light Rail is recognised for its innovative urban design and enrichment to the public realm. Described by judges as a leading catalyst project, the Gold Coast Light Rail is providing high quality transport infrastructure as well as an indelible contribution to the social, economic and environmental benefits for the city.

Commendation: CAPRI ON VIA ROMA

Designed as an adaptive reuse and extension of an existing commercial centre, Capri on Via Roma on Isle of Capri enhances the community lifestyle and is commended by the judges for the exceptional design that responds well to the site and scale of the local context.

Commendation: CHINATOWN

Responding to the vision of the City’s Chinatown, this project has been acknowledged by judges for the high quality streetscape design that provides an authentic experience and is reflective of cultural considerations and tradition. The design imbues an active and visually attractive pedestrian environment with street trees and quality finishes, and enhances the opportunities for outdoor dining and the flexibility of accommodating large events and special activities that will facilitate the ongoing growth of Chinatown. 

For more information, visit the Urban Design Awards.


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