Darling Downs Regional Architecture Awards winners

March 18, 2013

A premier community facility took home the top prize at Friday’s Darling Downs Regional Architecture Awards.

ThomsonAdsett’s Somerset Civic Centre took out the top award at this year’s Darling Downs Regional Architecture Awards, announced on Friday at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

The Somerset Civic Centre received the William Hodgen Award for Building of the Year, as well as a regional commendation. Inspired by extensive community engagement, the eco-resilient, multi-purpose facility was praised for “absorbing the shape, colour and texture” of its natural setting and reflecting the changing needs of a growing community.

ThomsonAdsett’s Somerset Civic Centre. Photo by Angus Martin


“Being well thought out and well resolved with simplicity and attention to detail, it fulfils the demands of the design brief and community expectation,” noted the jury – led by principal at Sims White Architects, Stephen Sims. Sims was joined by jurors Colin Davidson (principal at CKD Architects) and Max Brammer of Brammer Architects, as well as 2013 Queensland State Awards jury director Mark Damant (Woods Bagot) and deputy director Liam Proberts (bureau^proberts).

Twelve projects spanning the region from St George in the west to Springfield in the east were entered in the awards. An exhibition of all 12 entries will be on display at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery until Sunday 24 March.

Liquid Blu’s Dalby Aquatic Centre received a commendation. Photo by Caco Photography


Award recipients will now progress to the Queensland Architecture Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on 21 June.

Somerset Civic Centre, Esk, by ThomsonAdsett


  • Toowoomba Regional Council Customer Service Centre, Toowoomba, by OPUS Architecture – Commercial Architecture category
  • Somerset Civic Centre, Esk, by ThomsonAdsett – Public Architecture category
  • Our Lady of the Southern Cross College Technology Science + Art Centres, Dalby, by Fulton Trotter Architects – Public Architecture category
  • Dalby Aquatic Centre, Dalby, by Liquid Blu – Public Architecture category

Fulton Trotter’s Our Lady of the Southern Cross College Technology Science + Art Centres, Dalby received a commendation. Photo by Angus Martin


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