Brisbane ferry terminals design competition

May 2, 2011

Federal and Queensland Governments launch design competition for eight new ferry terminals in flood-damaged Brisbane.

The Federal and Queensland Governments have launched a new design competition seeking a “cutting-edge” design for eight new ferry terminals in flood-damaged Brisbane.

The state and federal governments have committed a total of $145 million in funds, which will be used to replace eight ferry terminals and the Riverwalk that were destroyed in the devastating Queensland floods in January.

Bligh said the design competition offered architects and designers “an opportunity to put a unique stamp on our city,” by designing a new landmark for Brisbane. She added: “We have some truly iconic infrastructure here in Brisbane, from the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to the Kurilpa Bridge. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to build CityCat and Ferry Terminals that are truly unique and will be instantly recognisable as a distinctive part of the River City’s landscape.”

“This competition is an invitation to designers and architects from across the world to become part of the rebuilding of our city,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, who launched the competition with Premier Bligh and Joe Ludwig, Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery.

The competition calls for a single design that can be adapted for eight terminals in Brisbane: River Plaza, West End, North Quay, Queensland University of Technology, Sydney Street, Holman Street, Regatta, and University of Queensland St Lucia.

The competition structure has been amended, following criticism that no prize money was on offer. There are now three stages to the design competition: In Stage One, all design teams must submit an expression of interest detailing their design intent. The deadline for Stage One submissions is 23 May.

Three designs will be selected by a panel, chaired by Queensland Government Architect Philip Follent, to participate in Stage Two. These three teams will be asked to develop a concept design, and will each be paid a fee of $40,000. The winning design team will be awarded a contract as consulting architect on the project.

Expressions of interest open on Thursday 5 May and must be submitted by 23 May.

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