耶蓬地处黄金海岸，拥有面朝凯珀尔湾岛的绝佳珊瑚海风景。普利斯设计集团受利文斯敦市政府委托，带着实现当地复兴的愿景，在既有的海滩整体规划基础上为此项目进行了深化景观设计，重点关注场所营造和目的地创造，以期促进游客访问，并带动当地经济。Yeppoon, as a destination, is in a prime location with stunning Coral Sea views out to the Keppel Bay Islands, and to hero this natural beauty through this project has reinvigorated its sense of place. With a vision for the revitalisation, Place Design Group were engaged by Livingstone Shire Council to deliver the detailed design for the pre-existing foreshore master plan, focusing on placemaking and destination creation to spur visitation and grow the local economy.
最终该项目通过升级滑板公园设施、修整游戏场地以及改造当地地标耶蓬环礁湖，成功为城镇和海滩注入了新的活力。The success of this project is reflected in the delivery of an activated town and foreshore, with offerings including the upgrade of skatepark facilities, a revamped playground, and the jewel in the crown, the Yeppoon Lagoon.
Sustainable Design Approach
From the early stages of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project, Place Design Group took a sustainable design approach, considering what could be utilised within the site itself to aid in the sustainability of the development. This included geological survey tests of the sand within the pool area and consideration of energy consumption and water requirements of the Yeppoon Lagoon pool with the idea to deliver an energy efficient, cost efficient, community friendly project.
正因为团队在最初设计阶段就建立了创新性的可持续设计思维和解决方案，使得这些方案最终被采纳并实现落地。尤其屋顶太阳能电池板的应用成为了非常重要的一个设计点，使泳池可以在运营时间使用太阳能光伏电池供应能耗，显著降低耶蓬环礁湖的运营成本。The approach, thinking, and consideration of incorporating innovative sustainable solutions from the initial design phase allowed realistic implementation of these solutions as part of the project itself. In particular, the inclusion of the solar panels on the roof tops has been an important initiative to drastically reduce operating costs of the Yeppoon Lagoon – with the bulk of the energy consumption during operating hours to run the pool from the solar PV cells installed.
A Community Engaging Design Process
The project team was highly engaged with the local council, and also a long list of consultants and stakeholders in collaboration towards this unifying strategic approach forthis project. While a visually appealing design was important, this project also needed to be considerate of meeting and listening to all stakeholder needs, and reliance upon Livingstone Shire Councils’ relationships to collate information and feedback to the project design team (to input into the project) was imperative for the outcome seen today.
项目自早期阶段起便开始社区咨询。普利斯设计集团持续与关键利益相关者进行有关设计方面的咨询：向当地的航海俱乐部了解他们的活动日期协调；向当地滑板团体听取滑板公园设计的反馈；以及组织社区群体咨询来收集关于游乐场地升级的意见和需求。In early stages of the project, community consultation with consultants involved early on was undertaken. Place Design Group continued design specific consultation with key stakeholders; from the local sailing club, around coordinating their event day overlays, to the local skate group to get their feedback on the skatepark design, and also community group consultation about the play space upgrades and needs.
通过这样相互合作、沟通紧密的设计过程，促进社区互通、打通活动场所的理念才得以成为可能。这一项目所体现出的高质量合作和相关利益者参与性具有广泛应用于行业的潜力，能够引导澳洲各个当地政府通过战略性的场所激活实现新的经济时代愿景。It is through a collaborative and well-informed engagement approach, that decisions to improve connectivity and adjoining uses were able to be implemented. The high-level collaboration and stakeholder engagement involved in this project holds the potential for broader industry application, guiding local councils around Australia with a vision for a new economic era realised through strategic place activation.
A True Space Revitalisation Project
The main focus for the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project was very strategic in terms of driving the local economy. It is a catalyst project that has driven tourism and brought economic uplift to the local economy and the region.
Prior to the foreshore revitalisation, the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Islands was the strongest tourism drawcard for Yeppoon. It now holds its own, with a strengthened identity of place and offering for locals and visitors alike to work, stay, play and relax in Yeppoon while soaking in the magnificent view. The project has delivered a ‘Truly Yeppoon’ experience.
The aesthetically designed foreshore is visually beautiful, but also practical and usable for the community. For example, the amphitheater with its iconic roof structure creates a play space, provides shade by day and at night it becomes a nodal point with its lighting; the upgraded skate bowl is now functional and has received rave reviews from the local skate community; and the upgrade on playground provides younger children a space to enjoy.
Aimed at activating the southern end of the foreshore, Yeppoon Lagoon’s design had to be flexible and incorporate a multitude of uses for locals and visitors alike. The 2,500㎡ lagoon connects the commercial offerings along the foreshore, attracting locals and visitors to stay, play and relax. The open space design presents the opportunity for businesses to activate the space in and around the pool, providing an extension of the current tourism offering.
The functional design of the lagoon space, including the orientation and the placement of commercial facilities was critical to ensure there was a natural flow and for ease of accessibility. The multiple new connected offerings within the revitalised coastal footprint promotes a greater sense of place and multiple destinations for outdoor recreation.
The Yeppoon Foreshore & Town Centre Revitalisation project for Livingstone Shire Council received a Regional Achievement Award (Central Queensland) at this year’s AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape architects) QLD awards. The jury noted the project as "an attractive reimagining of the Queensland coastal lagoon that illustrates the catalytic power of destination projects within regional centres".
Perched over the ocean, the project is a wonderful example of how a destination project, designed well, can drive the local economy, embrace the local community and create a strong sense of place.
Client | Livingstone Shire CouncilLocation | Capricorn Region, QLD, Australia