BNE Local and Liveable – Racecourse Road, Ascot

Racecourse Rd in Ascot was our first BNE Local and Liveable project for this year and Brisbane City Council tested various activation ideas. After an initial eight-week installation period, community feedback and a site evaluation helped determine what happened with the project elements and site transition.

To identify potential activation ideas and help shape the development of an initial site plan, Council undertook a site assessment to understand opportunities and constraints. BNE Local and Liveable year two projects will test new in place engagement activities with local residents, community groups and businesses.

About the project area

The project area focused on the immediate area around the Hamilton Library and key locations along Racecourse Road. The goal for the BNE Local and Liveable Racecourse Road project was to test activation ideas that encourage walkability and support the local economy in the area. 

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Activation ideas

  1. Pop-up plaza
    • Outdoor timber seating lounges
    • Planters with sub-tropical plants
    • Market umbrellas
  2. Mobile parklet
    • Temporary seating on mobile parklet
    • Reclaim street space for pedestrian use
  3. Pop-up window displays
    • Activate vacant shopfront windows along Racecourse Road
    • Improve pedestrian experience



Concept development

Site evaluation and research. Completed October 2021.


Prepare project elements for testing

Sourcing and design of activation ideas. Completed in November 2021.


Racecourse Rd staged project installation

Staged installation of activation ideas. Starts in December 2021.


Community feedback

Community use and feedback from December to April 2022.


Project evaluation and next steps

Evaluate community feedback with site evaluation info to inform next steps in April 2022.


Site Transition - current stage

Site will be decommissioned and reusable elements to be relocated for future use starting May 2022.

Last updated: 11 October 2022

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