QUEEN ELIZABETH II PARK – QUEANBEYAN RECONNECTS THE CITY TO ITS RIVERFRONT

Monday 28th, Aug 2017

CLOUSTON Associates have a long history in the planning and design of waterway projects. We’ve undertaken the planning and design of more than 40 major waterway projects across Australia.

The “Parameters for the River” was one of our earliest projects. It included a suite of guidelines for the restoration of and access to the Parramatta River and its foreshores. Authored by our founding Director Leonard Lynch for the National Trust in 1976, it’s still delivering change to the Parramatta River today.

Other landmark projects including our Todd and Charles River design in NT and the Clarence River Way masterplan in NSW.

The Queanbeyan project is the latest scheme to win praise. It was recognised at the AILA NSW Awards 2017 and was named NSW/ACT “Park of the Year” at the recent 2017 Parks and Leisure Australia Awards.

Like many riverfront cities, Queanbeyan CBD has over many years turned its back on its greatest asset – the Queanbeyan River. The Queen Elizabeth II Park and Collette Street upgrade redresses this problem. It re-connects the city with its river and establishes the river foreshore as a valuable public asset.

CLOUSTON refined the original masterplan developed for the site by Oxigen. In the process, we have transformed an underutilised riverfront into a dynamic parkland.

The newly activated waterfront provides a focus for river-based activities and events

The new parkland includes:

  • a large central lawn which overlooks the river is shaded by eucalypts
  • a long sloping lawn and terraced amphitheatre provide opportunities for visitors to view and enjoy the river
  • a large multi-use plaza provides space for community events and markets
  • interactive water features create opportunities for children to engage with water

The park helps support a healthy, inclusive and robust community by providing a river-based recreational venue.  The recent Symphony by the River was a huge success with a 500 strong crowd turning out to see the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.  The market terrace hard stand areas provide hard-wearing spaces for market stalls. Lawns, picnic shelters, BBQs and the playground facilitate gathering and social interaction. The interactive water-play park, convenient toilet facilities and playground are a key attraction for families with young children.

The new park works well with the city’s dynamic river system. Its robust design is capable of being submerged by several metres. Its soft riverfront edge also provides a platypus habitat.

Most importantly, the park re-connects the city with its beautiful river

By celebrating rather than ignoring this vital asset, the scene is set for an extended riverfront parkland network.

At the recent 2017 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) State Awards competition, the project won a Landscape Award for Parks and Open Space. The AILA judging panel commended the strong visual image of repetitive, sculptural forms beside the river that focus on an amphitheatre capable of handling large-scale events. The interactive fountain and play areas have been embraced by the community as a new recreational destination.

The practice continues to develop its work in this field and in the integration of waterfront and parkland at the Parramatta North Urban Transformation site.

For more information on CLOUSTON’s waterways capabilities, call managing Director Crosbie Lorimer on 02 8272 4999.

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Wednesday 9th, Mar 2016

Welcome to our updated website

We hope you enjoy taking the time to find out more about our practice and to explore the many projects on which we have worked, some still in progress and others in active use for more than 25 years.

Many of you will be familiar with the profession of Landscape Architecture and indeed may have worked on projects with CLOUSTON over the years.

For those less familiar with our profession – and that includes many in the broader community – the question often arises “What exactly is Landscape Architecture?”

A good question… and one with no one simple answer, given the broad reach of the profession.

So, as part of a wide ranging questionnaire that we put to our whole team to assist with our website upgrade, we set ourselves the task of completing the following sentence, “What people don’t know about this profession is…”

Here’s a small selection of insights (and humour) from our team…

“Landscape architects are not only designers but planners, innovators, coordinators, mediators, managers, marketers, environmental advocates and more” Jessica Crawford, senior landscape architect, Darwin office

“We work at such varied scales, from whole city strategies to parks and streetscapes down to the finest detail” Tim Sickinger, graduate landscape architect, Sydney office

“There’s more to it than trimming hedges and mowing lawns (actually we never do this), but it seems to be a common perception!” Andrew Pringle, landscape architect, Sydney office

“Great design is sometimes hard to see. It’s not just about aesthetics but also how well things work and how good your experience of a place is. Creating seamless, simple outcomes takes great skill, yet is almost invisible because it simply works” Martin O’Dea, associate director

“We’re not landscapers! There is more to landscape architecture than designing a backyard. We create spaces and experiences, trying to engage people in a space and feel a part of something bigger” Larissa Carpenter, graduate landscape architect, Sydney office

“Landscape architecture is very much concerned with the broader effects that open space has on our society and environment. This profession requires us to have passion for our living environments, and to be able to critically evaluate the way we live” Han Bao, graduate landscape architect, Sydney office

“So much of our work is hidden from view – we are the ninjas of the design profession!” Adele Mammone, graduate architect, Darwin office

“Our work is more about what we understand about people than it is about plants. Our training and experience prepares us for resolving issues around how people use, move through and enjoy places. We are committed to problem solving and creative solutions that will pass the test of time and still have meaning now and in the future” Tony Cox, director, Darwin office

If you’d like to see more of our team’s personal insights as to how they see their chosen profession and their working lives and experiences at CLOUSTON, you might want to check out our staff profiles under ‘People’.