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Logan’s best urban design under the spotlight

Published: 18 October 2018

Logan’s best urban design under the spotlight

A master-planned community and park in Yarrabilba has beaten a record number of entries to claim the overall award at the Logan Urban Design Awards (LUDA).

The Retreat and Buxton Park, built by Lendlease and designed by Tract Consultants, was recognised by the esteemed panel of judges for its accessibility, planning, construction standard and the ‘clear excellence’ of its physical features.

It was one of several high-calibre winners announced last night at Beenleigh Artisan Distillery where categories included master planning, landscape architecture and urban infrastructure, architecture, and business programs and events presented on the night.

City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley, said the awards were held biennially by Logan City Council to recognise quality design and development in the city.

“This is the third time we’ve held these awards and not only did we receive twice as many entries as 2016, the quality again was outstanding,” Cr Dalley said.

“As we grow we’re seeing more examples of outstanding urban design spring up around the city.

“That’s why we host these awards – to encourage high-quality, game-changing urban design practice and to recognise the projects that demonstrate great design principles.”

The awards were befittingly hosted at the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, which was the overall winner of the 2016 Logan Urban Design Awards.

City Planning and Economic Development Chair, Cr Russell Lutton, said the awards showcased the rich diversity on show in Logan.

“A focus on delivering good urban design outcomes can help attract business and private investment, provide diverse housing, work and lifestyle options, facilitate creativity and help create a strong sense of identity,” Cr Lutton said.

“Winners this year range from the Spirits of the Red Sand, a culturally immersive tourism attraction at the Beenleigh Historical Village, to developments such as the Harvest Rise in Greenbank and high-quality residential buildings such as the Bernice Urban Apartments in Springwood.

“A promising sign of how strong the entries were this year is that so many projects were given commendations by the judges.”

This year’s judges were Tract Consulting’s principal town planner Chris Buckley, Cardno senior consultant Allan Chenoweth and Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton.

The 2018 Logan Urban Design Awards were sponsored by investLogan, Colin Biggers and Paisley Lawyers, Saunders Havill Group, RPS, LendLease, Queensland University of Technology and JMAC Constructions.

For more information about this year’s winners and commended entries, please visit

LUDA 2018 Winners – Judges’ Comments

Overall LUDA Award

The Retreat and Buxton Park, Yarrabilba – Lendlease, Tract Consultants  

The judges acknowledge that Buxton Park, the Landscape Architecture and Urban Infrastructure Award Winner is but part of a wider master planned precinct known as The Retreat.

The connectivity to the residential catchment, accessibility to and through the open space, and the clear excellence in many of the physical aspects of the estate, demonstrate a high standard of master planning, design, construction and community development.

These elements are underpinned by a robust community framework of open space and residential areas that will encourage sustainable living for generations to come.

Master Planning Award:

Harvest Rise by Intrapac

Harvest Rise is a well thought-through residential masterplan displaying both simplicity and design excellence in its layout.

The judges were impressed by the relationship between open space, living areas and circulation hierarchy, not only within the overall masterplan but also in respect of its connections to regional open space and cycle ways.

It is a highly permeable layout which promotes easy access within the estate including laneways, the encouragement of sustainable lifestyles through walking connections to open space, and particular attention to the facilitation of cycling within and external to the estate.

Landscape Architecture and Urban Infrastructure Award:

Buxton Park – Lendlease, Tract Consultants

The excellence and innovation in both landscape architecture and environmental management evident in the design and construction of this community open space within Yarrabilba makes Buxton Park a deserving winner of this award.

The interplay between greenspace, water, active recreational activities, and playground facilities demonstrates a commitment to excellence, and to nurturing the ‘heart’ ‘mind’ and ‘soul’ of the local community.

This is in addition to park planning features which have become standard best practice in Yarrabilba, such as retention of native trees, maximum accessibility via perimeter streets and cycleways and landscaping which facilitates Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) surveillance.

Architecture Award:

Bernice Apartments, 22 Bernice Avenue, Springwood – Hartley Property Group, Geoff Donaldson, PA Architects

This mid-rise apartment building is deserving of the Award for Architecture for its place responsive design, its overall architectural composition and, as a catalyst project, for establishing a standard to be emulated in its local high density precinct.

Bernice Apartments demonstrates an admirable sub-tropical design philosophy with attention to orientation capturing cooling breezes whilst optimising privacy.

The modest proportions and scale of the project ‘sit’ well in the cul-de-sac environment, aided by the landscaped corridor that connects to a developing open space corridor.

Business, Programs and Events Award:

Spirits of the Red Sand

This is an outstanding initiative that showcases the history of Aboriginal contact with colonial Australia and is deserving of an award for this alone.

However the Spirits of the Red Sand is much more than that - it celebrates aboriginal culture and connection to place, it provides insight to the history of Beenleigh and Logan, it activates and adds a night-time dimension to the Beenleigh Historical Village and is an important tourism initiative for the region.

The showcasing of a region’s past gives hope for on-going reconciliation and a respectful community.