TradeCoast Central is an exemplar sustainable industrial development which features innovative solutions to the planning, design and operation of industrial precincts. At the core of the estate is a Community Services Hub that connects the development with three heritage places that underscore the site’s history as a place of enterprise and employment for over 180 years.
RPS and the developer have worked to ensure that the industrial development respects and responds to the industrial heritage, with the overall masterplan accommodating World War II aviation and heritage in the Allison Testing Stands and Hangar 7, whilst protecting building foundations and archaeological remains of the early convict-era Eagle Farm Women's Prison and Factory.
The TCC Community Services Hub, scheduled to open in 2015, features a café and outdoor dining area that overlooks parkland created over the archaeological fabric. Upstairs, in addition to estate management facilities, is an interpretation centre that tells the story of the site, from the early phase of the prison and factory’s agricultural settlement, through the military history and US Army’s air base of the 1940s to the Brisbane Airport that operated on the TCC site until the early 1990s.