St Lucia, Brisbane – South East Queensland



Brisbane City Council

Project Partner: Cox Architecture


Public Realm – Major Pedestrian Spine



  • Integration of seating and landscape terraces into existing landform to create gathering and breakout spaces

JFP was part of a successful bid with Cox Architects to design for a prominent pedestrian bridge within the UQ Lakes District, as part of a Joint Project between the University of Queensland and Brisbane City Council. The bridge connects the UQ Lakes Busway to the central campus as part of a redevelopment of the area.

JFP collaborated with Cox Architecture to develop landscape plans and details that improved accessibility and worked with the site terrain, rather than against it. The existing path systems were steep, narrow and subject to minor flooding. They were also difficult to navigate by people with limited mobility, therefore the raised pedestrian bridge was designed to improve amenity and accessibility, with the aim to encourage the use of public transport. Angular planter bed shapes are used to step down the landscape, allowing for various platforms, informal seating and access. The form of the beds mimics the angles found in the structure of the Bridge with many students and staff attending the campus during night time hours, safety was an important design element. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Principles were used to inform the design, including the use of low ground covers in combination with clear trunked trees and clear access ways to increase sight lines and provide casual surveillance opportunities.