St Lucia Lakes Link

University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland

The St Lucia Lakes Link is an important project to the University of Queensland in providing a pedestrian amenity to what has become the single largest population arrival point to the campus.

Our design encompasses a land bridge over a flood-prone gully and a series of canopied terraces enabling students to reach the Student Union from arrival via either the Eleanor Schonell Bridge or the UQ CityCat Terminal. The journey is articulated in a series of segmented parts accommodating disability ramp lengths and providing different outlooks over the campus’s green belt and lakes.

The design is characterised by its moulding to the topography and by stepped canopies which allow views up into the campus as people climb, and down to the alumni forest and lakes as people descend. A layer of perforated screens enriches this experience.

For a modest budget, the project has converted a previously arduous and often sodden goat track into a journey traversed effortlessly by students by bus, cycle, ferry and on foot.

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Urban Design Award, AIA QLD 2016

The University of Queensland
Project Status
Completed, 2014-2015
Key Consultants
​Eric Martin & Associates, Webb Australia Group, BRW Enterprises, JFP Urban Consultants, Norman Disney & Young, Dot Dash, icubed consulting
Contractor / Builder
FKG Group
Mitchell Buckley
Julian Farrell