Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project Garners Prestigious Landscape Architecture Awards

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Transformational project Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation – Northern Parkland has taken out multiple awards at the 2023 AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards.

James Birrell, Place Design Group Director, and Design Manager of the project said the awards are testament to the incredible collaboration across the project.  “Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation has been a project that has brought so many people together.  Inspired by the natural beauty of the coastal landscape and guided by the values of the local community, our team and partners worked hard to ensure the design enhanced accessibility, enriched community amenities, and brought environmental and economic considerations to the fore.  We are all really proud that this work and the outcomes we achieved together has been recognised by our industry peers.”

The Sunshine Coast Council, in collaboration with the Queensland Government, sought to breathe new life into the former caravan park site, transforming the one-hectare precinct into a vibrant and sustainable haven. The project encompasses a 200-meter accessible boardwalk, expansive grassed areas, ocean viewing decks, barbecues, an adventure playground, well-laid pathways, comfortable seating, an upgraded seawall, and the addition of over 150 new trees and 10,000 plants.

The project secured the AILA 2023 QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Space, which recognises its design resolution, skillful unification of diverse site activities, and seamless integration of existing landscape features. The project’s exceptional design quality, thoughtful planning, and meticulous execution strike a harmonious balance between recreation, culture, community engagement, environmental sustainability, and universal design principles.

In addition, the project has been recognised with the esteemed AILA 2023 QLD Award for Regional Achievement. This accolade acknowledges its crucial role in providing access to superior public open spaces and its positive impact on local culture, community well-being, and the environment. The parkland fosters good health, positive outdoor experiences, and delivers substantial economic benefits through tourism, enriching the overall quality of life while showcasing Mooloolaba as a unique and enticing beachfront destination.

Place Design Group, AECOM, and the Sunshine Coast Council have been instrumental in the project’s success. Through their collaborative efforts, expertise, and unwavering dedication, they have created a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable space that resonates deeply with the community.

Place Design Group would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the Sunshine Coast Council, AECOM, the Kabi Kabi Nation (represented by Kerry Jones, Bridgette Chilli Davis, and Lyndon Davis), and all project partners, consultants, and contributors who have played a pivotal role in bringing this exceptional project to fruition. The Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and innovative design in shaping communities and enhancing the lives of Australians.

Project team:

  • Client, Design Manager and Project Manager: Sunshine Coast Council
  • Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan, Concept and Detailed Design: AECOM
  • Civil Engineer: AECOM
  • Architect: Bark Architects
  • Structural Engineer: SCG Engineers

Mooloolaba Foreshore Northern Parklands (Design and Construction Contract):

  • Builder: Murphy Builders
  • Landscape Architect : Place Design Group
  • Civil and Structural Engineer: Barlow Shelley
  • Architect: Blackburn Jackson



James Birrell