Press Release: SW1 South Bank Urban Village, Brisbane wins Planning Institute of Australia Award
The SW1 South Bank Urban Village project, Brisbane in which Allen Jack+Cottier was a design partner has been awarded the coveted 2011 Australia Award for Urban Design by the Planning Institute of Australia. The Australia Award for Urban Design is Australia’s premier award for urban design achievement. The Award was established to recognise urban design projects of high quality. Allen Jack+Cottier designed an eight storey commercial building with ground floor retail in association with Cox Rayner Architects. Project architect Nicola Middleton said of the project, ‘The retail accommodation on ground level was designed to be permeable, drawing people from various directions, into the central ‘spine’ of the development. Combining this with crafted retail frontages ensures a vibrant and active relationship with the street.’ PIA National President Dyan Currie said SW1 represented a complex urban renewal challenge and was achieved through the cooperation of a number of professional organisations. Ms Currie said, ‘This is an outstanding example of urban design and good planning. SW1 links South Bank to West End and has a real sense of community. People are well connected to transport, shops, restaurants, commercial and residential precincts,’ ‘SW1 was chosen from 46 top quality urban design projects entered in this year’s awards, which is an indication of how well it was regarded by the adjudicators.’ she added. Cox Rayner Architects was lead consultant for the client South Bank Corporation, with input from Allen Jack+Cottier Architects, Gamble McKinnon Green, Bureau Proberts, Haysom Architects and JMA Architects. The project transformed a plot of derelict land into an enjoyable and attractive urban environment in which people can live, work and play. The precinct brings together human scale and built form massing, and successfully integrates the needs of pedestrians, public transport and cars, while introducing a sense of community. The quality of the public spaces encourages use, and in doing so brings the area to life.