Creative challenge set for Spit Master Plan projects

Creating welcoming spaces with a uniquely Gold Coast identity is the challenge that’s been set for the team awarded the tender to design the Moondarewa Spit foreshore parkland improvements and the Seaway Promenade.

Southport-based firm Place Design Group had been chosen to undertake the work as part of a competitive tender process for the projects being delivered under The Spit Master Plan Implementation.

The aim is to create special destinations at The Spit that reflect the Gold Coast’s relaxed, outdoors way of life.

The Queensland Government is investing over $5 million dollars to upgrade Moondarewa Spit and the Seaway Promenade with a focus on protecting and enhancing natural environmental values while improving community facilities and providing equitable access to these areas.

The design and construction phases of the project alone are expected to generate at least 16 jobs with more to come in the future as these facilities attract more visitors to The Spit precinct.

Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is responsible for delivering the two projects on behalf of Queensland Government which are expected to be completed in time for the Christmas holiday season.

GCWA CEO, Hal Morris, said the creative design scope covers landscaping, picnic shelters, foreshore restoration, a public amenities block, beach showers, water refilling stations and shared cycling and walking paths.

‘We’re excited to be getting on with the job of bringing the community’s vision for The Spit to life.

‘We’re asking Place Design Group to come up with designs that will reflect the natural beauty of our waterways city and our relaxed lifestyle.’

Place Design Group Director Clint Wood said they’re delighted to be appointed lead consultant for Moondarewa Spit and the Seaway Promenade.

‘The public realm is such a crucial part of the life blood of the Gold Coast, and the Spit has a long history as one of our most important public realms. The preservation and improvement of these areas is a testament to Council and the State’s commitment to strengthening our city.

‘We look forward to enhancing this much-loved destination with improved access, amenity and environmental outcomes, and ensuring an enduring and sustainable future for locals and tourists to enjoy.”

Design works are planned to be completed in three months so that they can be incorporated into the tenders for the construction phase of the project, with construction due to commence in the middle of this year.