Brisbane City Council has invited the community and business to submit 'transformative ideas' on how 16 key inner-city areas can be transformed as part of the Ideas Fiesta.

A range of different ideas have been submitted including Richard Kirk Architect's design concept for a pedestrian bridge from Alice Street to Kangaroo Point and Urbis' design concept of a new retail hub as well as many other ideas.

City Centre Master Plan - Transformative ideas

Retail Heart

Urbis have focussed on an aspirational vision for the Retail Heart of the city. This includes a design concept for Edward Street emerging an international luxury brands precinct. 

Northern Gateway

Owen and Vokes and Peters have created a design concept for the Northern Gateway transformative area that harnesses the potential of this city gateway area

Central Station

The design team led by Bureau Proberts has re-imagined Central Station as a truly world class arrival experience and civic space and as a place to commute, connect and be proud of. 

Petrie Terrace

Conrad Gargett Riddel has suggested a vision and design concept for Petrie Terrace. Their design idea focusses on improving pedestrian and cycle connections.

City West

Architectus have a vision for City West which integrates The Western Gateway, William Jolly Bridge and the Cultural Precinct into a hub of culture, celebration and festivity

Roma Street

Hassell's vision focusses on the extensive opportunity presented by Brisbane’s North Quarter to realise a cohesive, relevant and legible new precinct.

Queen's Wharf

Concepts for reinvigorating the long-neglected Queen’s Wharf area have been proposed by Lat27 to show how this valuable riverside space can be brought back to life

 Albert Street

The team at Tract Consultants propose transforming Albert Street into a vibrant, people-centred and botanically rich street connecting Roma Street Gardens and the City Botanic Gardens

 Queen Street to River

Place has articulated a design concept to transform Admiralty Place, which connects Queen Street to the river, as an active and well-connected space.

Howard Smith Wharves

Arkhefield has presented a vision for Howard Smith Wharves that creates an exciting new public park in a stunning riverside location to draw people into the site and enliven the area. 


The design team at BVN Donovan Hill has re-imagined Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens to better integrate it with the broader pedestrian and cycle network

 City Botanic Gardens

The Urbis design team has proposed a variety of landscape interventions within the botanic gardens to deliver a narrative of experiences and uses related to its past, present and future

 City Reach

The design team at Archipelago Architects have focussed on a design concept for City Reach which embraces and celebrates the Brisbane River as part of this internationally significant 'River City'.

 River to Ridge

The design team at Aspect Studios has re-imagined the city's River to Ridge connection with the concept of a pedestrian priority 'stringline' linking varied character precincts.

Woolloongabba Link

AECOM’s design team has developed a dynamic concept for a pedestrian link connecting Woolloongabba and the Brisbane CBD called the 'Gabba Bolt’

The design idea emerged from creative workshops that considered a range of issues related to the future growth of Woolloongabba.

AECOM’s Alastair Leighton, associate director – design + planning, said:

“The Gabba Bolt would not be just a bridge; it would be part of a pedestrian and cycle network that could connect and catalyse the Woolloongabba and CBD growth hotspots, providing Brisbane residents and visitors with a new and exciting way to explore our wonderful city,” he said.

“Hundreds of AECOM team members call Brisbane home, and many of us were delighted to contribute to Council’s Ideas Fiesta, bringing together our diverse views and ideas to celebrate and enhance everything that is great about Brisbane.

Leighton added:

“AECOM’s team sees the bolt concept as a valuable piece of a much larger puzzle that reveals Brisbane’s future as a city of interconnected places.

“The use of light pervades the design concept, creating a safe and legible route that could stimulate the night time economy on both sides of the River.” 

The Bolt concept is based on a 'bolt' as both a noun meaning a jagged white flash of lightning reminiscent of the dramatic energy of sub-tropical storms, and also a verb for moving or running quickly as in a direct link, which is dynamic, fast, lively and exciting.