City Centre Master Plan - Transformative ideas

Brisbane City Council identified 16 key areas in the inner city for potential transformation. As part of the Ideas Fiesta, Council invited the community, students, businesses and designers to put forward their ideas for how the city centre could evolve.

Council received thousands of ideas and continues to use these inputs from the community to help prioritise and deliver transformative projects for our city centre. The priority projects are outlined in the new City Centre Master Plan 2014.

The aspirational ideas below were submitted by leading design teams and are intended to stimulate conversation and capture the attention and imagination of the community.

1. Kangaroo Point Bridge

Kirk's design concept for a pedestrian bridge from Alice Street to Kangaroo Point aimed to realise Brisbane's potential as a compact and walkable city.

2. Retail Heart

Urbis's vision for the city's retail heart included a design concept for Edward Street. The City Centre Master Plan Edward Street priority project led to the completed upgrade.

3. Northern Gateway

Vokes and Peters created a design concept for the Northern Gateway transformative area to harness the potential of this city gateway area.

4. Central Station

The design team led by Bureau Proberts re-imagined Central Station as a truly world class arrival experience and civic space and a place to commute, connect and be proud of. 

5. Petrie Terrace

Conrad Gargett's design concept for Petrie Terrace focussed on improving pedestrian and cycle connections. 

6. City West

Architectus' City West vision creates a new city centre western gateway that better connects Kurilpa and the Cultural Precinct to create a hub of culture, celebration and festivity. 

7. Roma Street

Hassell's vision focussed on the extensive opportunity presented by Brisbane’s North Quarter to realise a cohesive, relevant and legible new precinct. 

8. Queen's Wharf

Lat27 and Hassell's concept reinvigorates the Queen's Wharf and William Street riverside. The City Centre Master Plan identifies the Queen's Wharf priority project. The Queensland Government declared the Queen's Wharf a Priority Development Area.

9. Woolloongabba Link

AECOM’s design team developed a dynamic concept for a pedestrian link connecting Woolloongabba and the city centre called the 'Gabba Bolt’. 

10. Albert Street

Tract Consultants reinvented Albert Street as a vibrant, people-centred and botanically rich street. The City Centre Master Plan Albert Street priority project led to a vision, highlighting the green spine.

11. Queen Street to River

PLACE Design Group's concept transforms Admiralty Place as an active and well-connected space. The City Centre Master Plan City Reach transformative idea led to related projects.

12. Howard Smith Wharves

Arkhefield's Howard Smith Wharves vision creates a new public park by the stunning riverside. The City Centre Master Plan Howard Smith Wharves priority project led to the completed revitalisation project.

13. Riverstage

The design team at BVN re-imagined Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens to better integrate it with the broader pedestrian and cycle network. 

14. City Botanic Gardens

The Urbis design team proposed a variety of landscape interventions within the botanic gardens to deliver a narrative of experiences and uses related to its past, present and future. 

15. City Reach

Archipelago's City Reach concept showcased a new river's edge that embraces Brisbane's 'River City' identity. The City Centre Master Plan identified City Reach Waterfront Master Plan as a city-making project.

16. River to Ridge

Aspect Studio's concept for a River to Ridge open space network anchored by Wickham Park. The City Centre Master Plan identifies Wickham Park precinct as a space for future revitalisation.

Last updated:18 September 2019