Ferries' federal funds unlocked

Brisbane will rebuild its flood-wrecked ferry terminals with joint Federal and Queensland Government funds, with the call out for new designs

Ferries' federal funds unlocked
Ferries’ federal funds unlocked
April 30, 2011

The Federal and Queensland Government today announced the hunt is on for cutting-edge designs for eight Brisbane Ferry Terminals destroyed during the floods.

Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Joe Ludwig, Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery, today launched the international design competition for the terminals which will be rebuilt with joint Federal and State funds.

"This competition is an invitation to designers and architects from across the world to become part of the rebuilding of our city," Swan says.

The results of this design competition will show everyone that Brisbane is not just back on its feet, it’s standing tall again.’’

Bligh says this was an unprecedented partnership between the Federal and State Governments who have committed $145 million to replace the Brisbane Ferry Terminals and the Riverwalk.

"CityCat and Ferry Terminals are not infrastructure that would normally qualify for funding under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, but the State and Federal Governments recognise how vital they are to our capital’s transport infrastructure.

"That’s why we stepped in to fully fund their reconstruction and what’s more, it’s an opportunity to put a unique stamp on our city."

Bligh says it’s a once-in-a-generation chance to build CityCat and Ferry Terminals unique to Brisbane and to be instantly recognisable as a distinctive part of the city’s landscape.

Expressions of interest will be sought for a single design that can be adapted for eight terminals at River Plaza, West End, North Quay, Queensland University of Technology, Sydney Street, Holman Street, Regatta, and University of Queensland St Lucia.

A selection panel, chaired by the Government Architect Professor Philip Follent, and supported by a technical advisory group, including representatives from Brisbane City Council, will select a shortlist of three who will be asked to develop a concept design.

The winning design will be awarded a contract as consulting architect.

Members of the public will also be able to have their say on the shortlisted entries.

Expressions of Interest open on Tuesday May 3.

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