Old and new has been perfectly blended to produce an award-winning redevelopment of the heritage-rich Cityport South precinct on the Cairns foreshore.
RPS’ landscape architecture team was the project manager and lead consultant for the Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment project, which has turned a 2.6 hectare derelict space with heritage-listed wharfs into a vibrant and inviting public foreshore destination for both locals and tourists.
The project built on RPS’ past master planning for strategic port land and balanced sensitive cultural heritage conservation with environmental and economic priorities.
Flanked by the adjacent cruise ship terminal on one side and the tourist, dining and leisure precinct of Cityport North on the other, Cityport South is the missing link of the Cairns CBD foreshore and connects visitors with the cultural heritage of the site.
RPS collaborated with the local community, State Government agencies and heritage, environmental consultants and the client, Ports North, to ensure the values of the site were sustained and enhanced.
Featuring traditional stories of the local Yidinjdji people, the heart of the site is a public space reminiscent of a traditional meeting place.
RPS utilised the latest technology to evaluate the health of several mature trees that were significant to the traditional owners and local community, working with an arborist to survey the root system and perform a terrestrial scan of the trunk and canopy.
Timber from derelict century-old buildings was recycled and reused in the project to acknowledge the site’s history as a sugar and timber port.
The redevelopment has successfully restored public waterfront access and attracts locals and visitors to the relaxing open spaces of the historic precinct in advance of future private property development.
The project has taken out the Tourism Landscape Architecture Award in the prestigious Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – Queensland Awards 2016.
AILA Awards judges made note of the successful outcomes of the collaborative planning and design process used for the project. - “This freshly activated piece in the Cairns foreshore puzzle is providing tourism benefits for the region, connecting visitors – and locals – with the cultural heritage of this landscape.”