Central Master Plan
Location: Flinders Street, Townsville
Client: Honeycombes Property Group
In reclaiming and developing the disused rail yard known as the ‘North Yards’, the master plan aims to provide Townsville with a destination that provides an alternative to CBD residential and commercial activity and invigorates an underutilised and fledging part of the city.
Situated on the banks of Ross Creek, in a historic precinct fronting Flinders Street between the CBD and Townsville Railway Station, the site offers unique and diverse living environments. A wide range of apartment and townhouse types are proposed to cater for all household types, including the potential for SOHO (small office/home office) use.
The expression of built form I primarily driven by response to context, both existing and proposed in the master plan, which incorporates concern toward orientation, views and an understanding of suitable approaches to building in the tropics. Built form is used significantly to generate a sense of scale and spatial definition in streetscapes, forming tight-fitting but low scale rows along small streets and permeable, fractured edges along the public routes of Flinders Street and the creekfront parkland. Building massing is considered as a means of generating sculptural building forms which make a strong positive contribution to the sense of place.