Brisbane River ferry terminals win an Australian Good Design Award

15 Jun 2017

The design of seven new Brisbane River ferry terminals by Aurecon and Cox Rayner Architects (now Cox Architecture), has won the Australian Good Design of the Year Award.

Designed and rebuilt after the devastating Brisbane flood of 2011, the new ferry terminals are able to withstand a one-in-500-year flood event.

Robust piers were incorporated in the design, engineered with the capacity to deflect heavy objects in flood waters, and gangways that detach at the shore end in the event of a flood – allowing it to swing behind the pontoon and avoid being struck by debris.

Works to replace ferry terminals with the more resilient, permanent structures were completed under the Brisbane city Council ferry terminals replacement project in 2015, thanks to a Category D (exceptional circumstances) funding package through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments approved more than $70 million for the project, with the Commonwealth Government contributing up to 75 per cent, and the Queensland Government contributing up to 25 per cent. 

Severely damaged or destroyed ferry terminals replaced under the Category D funding package included the North Quay terminal in the Brisbane CBD, University of Queensland (St Lucia), Regatta (Toowong), QUT Gardens Point (CBD), Sydney Street (New Farm), Holman Street (Kangaroo Point) and Maritime Museum (South Brisbane).