Woods Bagot Brisbane Principal, Mark Damant is calling the firm’s contribution to the Greater Springfield CBD in South East Queensland a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.
Woods Bagot has teamed up with Urbis to deliver a 60-hectare expansion of the CBD, to be called the ‘City Centre North’, which will incorporate 10,000 new apartments as well as working, shopping, dining and leisure facilities.
The site is located directly adjacent to the $1.2 billion Springfield Central rail and transit hub, and has been identified as a high-density, mixed-use, transit oriented development (TOD) and an area of considerable growth. The precinct will also directly access Greater Springfield’s health, education and information technology precinct, which includes the Mater Private Hospital Springfield, the CBD’s South Bank style lagoon and the $154 million expansion to the Orion Springfield Central retail precinct.
The City Centre North masterplan will see interlinked distinct neighbourhoods activated, dotted with unique shopping destinations, a TOD precinct and education and innovation hubs as well as a cultural arts hub.
A retail hub will directly connect to residential buildings, with residents able to walk, cycle or conveniently park near their shop of choice, within an environment that prioritises pedestrian outdoor amenity.
Damant explained that the team was able to create an environment that appealed to both children and adults alike by understanding the needs of both individuals and communities.
Describing City Centre North as a key addition to Australia’s most advanced and dynamic masterplanned development, Damant said the project has provided a unique opportunity to apply lessons learnt from global cities, which could be adapted and crafted to ensure a place specific response, while future-proofing for generations to come.
The Greater Springfield Land Corporation is currently seeking expressions of interest from local and international developers for City Centre North.
Greater Springfield is projected to have a residential population of 86,000 by 2030 and claims to be an alternative to the Brisbane CBD.