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Roma Street Parkland


Date: 1999 - 2002

Location: Brisbane CBD, AUS

Project Team: Julia Watson + PARC (DEM Architects, Gillespies Australia, Landplan Studio, Civitas) + SKM + Brecknock Consulting + Webb Australia

Client: Queensland Department of Public Works

Julia worked for PARC, from the formation of the collaborative, overseeing office management, and was involved as a junior designer in all phases of the project from concept design to construction administration.

The Parkland converted a sixteen-hectare brownfield site into an urban oasis of recreational space for the north of the CBD and provided the impetus for the recently developed surrounding commercial and residential precincts. Until the parkland was established, these wastelands divided the city and prevented the development of nearby land. A decade after completion, this parkland is still making a significant contribution to the urban character, connectivity, and recreational life in Brisbane.

The project won the RAIA (QLD) Excellence in Urban Design 2006, AILA (QLD) Merit award Open Space 2002, CCAA Street Smart Award, 200, UDIA (QLD) Urban Renewal 2001, PQ Engineering Excellence (High Commendation) Buildings & Structures, 2001.

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