Rockhampton’s Riverside project has been recognised with a prestigious landscape architecture award.
Riverside, designed by Urbis, was the winner of an excellence award in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ parks and open spaces category for 2018.
Rockhampton acting mayor Cherie Rutherford said Riverside had added a sense of vibrancy to the city in the seven months it had been open.
“As mayor Margaret Strelow always explains, the design brief given to Urbis was just a few simple words – urban, playful, elegant, creative, sustainable and smart,” Cr Rutherford said.
“We placed our confidence in Glen Power and his design team to deliver something incredible for our community, and from the very first concept drawing, his vision captured and exceeded what we wanted to achieve in terms of both quality and design.
“The Riverside has delivered so much more than just a beautiful space to be admired for generations to come – it has restored pride in our city, it has encouraged new business and it has become a turning point for our city.”
Urbis director Glen Power said the Riverside project had been a career highlight and he was proud to see the project recognised.
“We were given the opportunity to create something so unique for the Rockhampton community and to really change the perspective of locals and visitors by unlocking the true potential of the city,” Mr Power said.
“The challenge, and possibly the most exciting part, was creating a sophisticated and contemporary design that was sympathetic to the heritage buildings.
“We had the bones of incredible architecture lining Quay St on one side and an almost blank canvas on the other.
“We understood that this was a once-in-a-generation project for Rockhampton and with the community and council’s input, every detail had a purpose behind it and gave consideration to the past, present and future.”
Other award winners can be found at www.aila.org.au