In partnership with Urban Renewal Brisbane, Urbis defined a series of principles and strategies to guide the evolution and development intent of the City Reach Waterfront. The study area comprises some of Brisbane’s most valuable commercial waterfront land and iconic riverside public spaces.

The study area extends from the City Botanic Gardens to the recently completed Howard Smith Wharves precinct. Most importantly, the long-term transformation of this part of CBD waterfront forms a crucial part of Brisbane’s goal, to be a ‘New World Subtropical River City’. The team assessed international benchmarks to establish the key attributes and success factors of great waterfronts.

Focusing on a diverse range of typologies led to insights and definition of the six key qualities critical to the future success of this stretch of inner-city waterfront. These six qualities underpin the master plan and include generous, connected, engaging, adaptable, consistent and comfortable.

Application of these qualities drove a distinctive and contextual structure plan that will serve as a valuable tool to catalyse the staged improvement of the waterfront’s edge.

This project illustrates the outstanding client value of leveraging multiple disciplines to inform a holistic master plan that impacts a wide array of stakeholders.