Winning design announced for Brisbane's ferry terminals

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today announced that the Cox Rayner Architects / Derlot / Aurecon consortium had won the international design competition for Brisbane's new ferry terminals.

Mr Swan said the new terminals will be iconic pieces of infrastructure for Brisbane, contributing to a better, more liveable city.

The winning design is for a floating pontoon structure tethered to a single up-stream pier, designed to be highly resilient in the event of future floods.

Premier Anna Bligh said this innovative and simple approach means that Brisbane commuters will literally be walking on water.

The Australian and Queensland Governments allocated up to $70 million to replace the five CityCat and two CityFerry terminals destroyed in the floods in January this year.

The CityCat terminals are located at UQ, Regatta, North Quay, QUT and Sydney Street and City Ferry terminals are at Holman Street and River Plaza.

Ms Bligh said the winning design could be easily adapted to suit each terminal location and was ecologically sensitive, utilising recycled materials, solar collectors and water harvesting.

The Cox Rayner Architects / Derlot / Aurecon design was selected ahead of the two other finalists, Second Nature Collaborative and Shane Thompson Architects & Lat 27 with Bill Short Engineers.

Mr Swan and Ms Bligh thanked the other entrants, with Ms Bligh saying the government was "incredibly impressed with the creativity and technical expertise on display from Queensland's design community."

The winning consortium will be awarded a contract as consulting architect to the terminal rebuilding program and will work with Brisbane City Council throughout the process.

Construction on the new ferry terminals, which will eventually replace the temporary terminals already in place, is expected to commence by October.

Funding has also been allocated by the Australian and Queensland Governments to replace the Riverwalk.

Brisbane City Council this month released five design concepts for the reconstruction of the Riverwalk and is seeking public feedback until 16 September 2011. More information is available from the Brisbane City Council website at <http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/>.

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