Award win for Scarborough Beach Park, Brisbane

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Award win for Scarborough Beach Park, Brisbane
ASPECT Studios Brisbane was recognised at the 2018 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards, announced on 21 June, by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), for design and leadership of the Scarborough Beach Park Southern Upgrade, at Scarborough north of Brisbane.

Awarded under the Parks and Open Space category, the redesign is bringing new life to a much-loved foreshore park by revealing its natural beauty through sensitive interventions that create a place for residents and the broader community to come together.

The upgrade addresses contemporary recreational and social needs in a more relevant, sustainable way, while responding to the environmental assets of the site, particularly two wonderful heritage Moreton Bay fig trees standing majestically on the foreshore.

‘Fig Tree Plaza’ introduces a wonderful ‘under the figs' experience to the park with generous bench seating and a playful ‘tilting’ edge. Its imaginative timber batten ‘skirt’ rocks back and forth under the sprawling buttress roots, encouraging unstructured play for children, grounding them  to nature. The ‘Viewing Deck’ expands the boardwalk through Melaleuca trees, with room for picnic settings and long bench seats, taking in panorama ocean views.

Strategic goals of the upgrade included a rethink of access and more flexible recreation spaces. The majority of car spaces were removed from the parks, the Moreton Bay Cycleway was realigned and widened and a bike repair station added near amenities. A large outdoor function space was created, accessibility improved with seamless ramping to shaded areas, and more activities introduced for different age groups: a basketball half-court, a jumping pillow, generous pathways and stairs that could be used for exercise circuits.

“Sustainability is looking out for the health and well-being of our communities and the environment — it’s inextricably linked to what we design and the places we create. Public space is at its best when connection to place, identity, wellbeing and liveability all align, creating a sense of community with expanded opportunities for all walks of life,” says Brisbane Studio Director, Deb Robbins.

“We also acknowledge that making great places is a team effort, so we’d like to thank our forward-thinking clients Moreton Bay Regional Council and project collaborators: Building Design Services, Hydraulic Designs Queensland and Xander Structural Design.”

In recognising on Scarborough Beach Park Southern Upgrade, the AILA awards jury had this to say: “its simplicity and elegance of form and function creates improved parkland access and a new, peaceful place to enjoy your fish and chips and take in the view. Rigorous attentions to detail has resulted in a place that is devoid of clutter and reflects the calmness of its Moreton Bay outlook.”