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Brisbane Flood Resilient Ferry Terminals

Brisbane, Queensland

After Brisbane’s CityCat Terminals capsized in the 2011 flood, the Queensland Government held a competition to see if a more resilient solution could be found.

COX devised three winning remedies: fitting the gangways with air tanks, a hinge and a clasp enabling them to float and swivel around under a flood’s force; a single pier tall and robust enough to prevent pontoons floating off and to withstand large vessel impacts and; shaping the pontoon like a boat to deflect debris.

Simultaneously, the terminals were designed to enhance river travel and public engagement to meet the Council’s aspiration of being a ‘new world city.’ Removing multiple piles opened the river to unimpeded views, a canopy provided shelter, and ramping on the pontoon guided movement and offered varied places to relax.

Each terminal is characterised by its connection with the land and neighbouring community.


Brunel Medal for Excellence, Institution for Civil Engineers (United Kingdom)  2017
Good Design Award of the Year – Flood Resilient and Accessible Ferry Terminals for Brisbane (Cox Architecture in association with Aurecon) 2017
Commendation for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Small Scale, Australian Urban Design Awards 2016
RW Hawken Overall Project Award, AEEA QLD 2016
Project Infrastructure Excellence Award, AEEA QLD 2016
Innovation, Research and Development Excellence Award, AEEA QLD 2016
Public Architecture Award, AIA QLD 2016
Civic Landscape Award of Excellence, AILA QLD 2016 (Lat27)
Good Design® Selection, Good Design Awards 2016
Gold Award for Design Innovation, Consult Australia Awards for Excellence 2015 (Aurecon)
Future Projects Award, World Architecture Festival 2013

Technical Information

Brisbane, Queensland
In Association With
Brisbane City Council
Completed, 2011-2015
Key Consultants
Lat27, RLB
McConnell Dowell
Christopher Frederick Jones