These local spots have just won Urban Design Awards

The Gold Coast Urban Design Awards for 2017 have just been announced.

The Parklands Project, known more commonly as the Commonwealth Games village, was recognised with the Excellence in Urban Design Award and the Helen Josephson Award for Urban Design Leadership.

The project was a joint venture between architects Arkhefield, ARM and Archipelago.


The judges said “Parklands is an exemplar project that sets a high national and international benchmark for excellence in the integration of architecture and public realm.

“The complexity of designing for a single event and legacy simultaneously has been navigated with great thoughtfulness, care and design skill.”

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara – designed by Cardno, BVN and John Graham – won the Urban Design Award.

City Village Terrace Homes by Robina Projects Australia and Andrew Halstead Architects were also awarded the Urban Design accolade.

Commendations were given to the shopping centre redevelopment Broadbeach and the Griffith University Student Guild Uni bar and link eatery.

Mayor Tom Tate said this year’s entries showed exceptional quality, as the city prepared to be on the world stage for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“Excellent urban design projects help make our city internationally renowned for the high standard of our built environment and liveability for our residents,” Mayor Tate said.

“These awards help foster the development of buildings and places which reinforce local identity and support social diversity and cultural expression.”

For a full list of winners and special mentions, click here.