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2018 in Review

We offer a huge thank you to all our clients and project partners for a successful 2018. We hope you enjoy the festive season and look forward to seeing you well rested in 2019!  The studio will be taking a break over the holiday season, please refer to our revised hours at the end of this post.

Date 07.12.2018

Posted in awards   • Studio   • Events

Recognition: Industry awards

Lat27 was honoured with a massive 20 industry awards awarded to our projects this year. A big thanks goes out to our amazing partner consultants and valued clients. 

900 Ann Street Hutchinson Builders for Consolidated Properties Group
UDIA Queensland Award of Excellence for Retail, Commercial and Public Use (Consolidated Properties Group)

Flowstate South Bank Corporation
PIA Queensland Award of Excellence for Great Place (South Bank Corporation)

Kangaroo Point Peninsula: Urban Renewal Strategy Urban Renewal Brisbane, Brisbane City Council
AILA Queensland Landscape Award for Landscape Planning (Urban Renewal Brisbane, Lat27 & BVN)

Newport, Hamilton Reach Frasers Property Australia
Property Council of Australia, National Award for Best Residential Development (Frasers Property Australia in collaboration with Rothe Lowman, Planning Initiatives, Mitchell Brandtman, Tomkins Commercial and Industrial Builders, Lat27, Phillip Chun & Odyssey)

Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd
Australian Urban Design Awards Shortlisted for Leadership, Advocacy & Research - City & Regional Scale (Lat27 and Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd)
PIA Queensland Award of Excellence for Best Planning Ideas - Large (Lat27 and Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd)

Parklands Project, Gold Coast Grocon
PIA Queensland Commendation for Great Place (Cardno, AAA)
Queensland Minister's Award for Urban Design (AAA, Lat27, Grocon)
AIA Gold Coast Regional Commendation for Urban Design (AAA, Lat27, Grocon)
AIA Queensland Karl Langer Award for Urban Design (AAA, Lat27, Grocon)
AILA Queensland Landscape Award for Civic Landscape (Lat27, AAA, DesignFlow)
Australian Urban Design Awards Shortlisted for Built Projects – City & Regional Scale (AAA, Lat27)
UDIA Queensland President's Award (Grocon)
UDIA Queensland Award of Excellence for Master Planned Development (Grocon)
UDIA Queensland Award of Excellence for Consultant's Excellence (Cardno/AAA)

The Green Grid: Inner City Brisbane Study
Australian Urban Design Awards Shortlisted for Leadership, Advocacy & Research - City & Regional Scale

The Link, Milton Green AMP Capital
AIA Queensland State Commendation for Urban Design
AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation for Urban Design
AILA Queensland Landscape Award for Small Projects

Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan Lat27 & Coffs Harbour City Council
AILA New South Wales Landscape Award for Urban Design (Lat27 & Coffs Harbour City Council)

For a full list of our award winning projects, please see our awards list


Industry Presence: The talk of the town

Our studio is founded on 4 key values, including a commitment to collaboration, creative initiative and sharing of ideas. This commitment extends beyond our studio practice into our contribution to our profession's development & image within the community. Here are just some of the events, talks and tours that we're been invited to speak at throughout 2018:


Director Team: Leading by example

2019 brings with it a Lat27 leadership team that is stronger than ever. The studio is led by our five Directors (Andrew Neighbour, Paul Druery, Nathalie Ward, John Ilett & Damian Thompson) and three Practice Directors (Wendy Davies, Matthew Nolan and Andrew Kramer). The directors operate the studio under the guise of our studio values:

  1. We commit to delivering high quality, professional work.
  2. We respect each other and are clear in our communication.
  3. We collaborate as a team to build a positive, happy and engaged studio.
  4. We show creative initiative and share ideas.

(From left: Andrew Neighbour, Wendy Davies, Paul Druery, Matthew Nolan, Nathalie Ward, Andrew Kramer, John Ilett and Damian Thompson)


Studio: New Staff

Our studio continued to grow in 2018 with 4 new staff joining us this year: Student Architect Lauren Politylo, Graduate Architect Cherish Chang, Senior Landscape Architect Sijia Tang& Design Communication Practice Leader Michael Clarkson.

(Clockwise from top left: Lauren Politylo, Sijia Tang, Michael Clarkson & Cherish Chang.)


New Precinct: A Heart of Gold

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has come and gone with great success and the Athlete's Village was a big hit with the visiting athletes, coaches and media. The success of the Parklands Project is also reflected in the 11 awards the project has received from multiple industry bodies over the last year and a half.

Now the games are over, Lat27 are assisting Economic Development Queensland with the development of future lots, including temporary activation and master plan refinement.

Read more about Parklands Project.


Regional Planning: Central Coast vibes

Lat27 has been working closely with Coffs Harbour City Council over the last few years to create the strategic planning framework to guide the growth and revitalisation of Woolgoolga's Town Centre over the next 20 years. The Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan was officially adopted by the Council in February this year. To read the entire Master Plan report, head to the Coffs Harbour City Council website.

The Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan was recently awarded a Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design from the NSW Branch of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. 

Read more about the Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan. 

The first implementation project from the Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan, the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Concept Plan, was recently endorsed by Coffs Harbour City Council following extensive community consultation. The Detailed Concept Plan incorporates the community’s desired outcomes and seeks to enhance the natural amenity and beauty of the Reserve. The Detailed Concept Plan can be viewed on Coffs Harbour City Council's website.


Public Realm: In a state of Flow

In the heart of the South Bank Parklands sits a glowing beacon, a carefully crafted, open air pavilion and creative space. Since the launch earlier this year, Flowstate has been embraced by visitors and locals alike, as a place to gather and a place to celebrate local art and culture with its vibrant program of free performance and workshops. We are proud to have been apart of the team (Stukel Stone (Now Stukel Architecture and Tobhiyah Stone Feller), Studio ENESS, Luxxbox for South Bank Corporation) to deliver this vibrant space for the community to enjoy 24/7.

Flowstate was recently awarded the Award of Excellence for Great Places from the Queensland Branch of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). 

Read more about Flowstate.


Residential: Why don't you stay a while

Construction is complete, the dust has settled and residents & guests have moved into some of our most recently completed residential and hotel projects around Brisbane. Hamilton Reach is booming and the latest addition, Riverlight is a luxurious & spacious riverside lifestyle and only a relaxing CityCat trip away from the city. Newstead Series is right in the thick of it without sacrificing the relaxing open space that inner city residents desire. The Calile Hotel, a luxurious sub-tropical paradise in the middle of the evolving James Street precinct, proving that great design means you don't have to leave the city to escape it.

Read more about of our residential projects.


Urban Renewal: A (Kangaroo) Point of difference

The Kangaroo Point Peninsula is one of Brisbane's most well-known and densely inhabited inner-city suburbs and 2019 brings an update of the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan will help shape the future of the area.

Lat27 worked closely with Brisbane City Council to prepare the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Urban Renewal Strategy, a comprehensive place analysis, strategy identification and implementation framework for one of Brisbane’s most well-known and densely inhabited inner-city suburbs. Community and stakeholder engagement established core directions and outcomes for the Peninsula as part of the planning and design process.

The Kangaroo Point Peninsula Urban Renewal Strategy was recently awarded a Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning from the QLD Branch of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. 

Read more about the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Urban Renewal Strategy.


Urban Corridors: Oxley Creek Transformation

The final version of the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan was released in October this year after a year long consultation process with Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd & key stakeholders. This outcome is as a result of the draft release in May and several months of public consultation. Lat27 was the lead consultant for this master plan working closely with Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd to guide long-term planning and prioritisation of improvements to the Oxley Creek corridor.

Oxley Creek Transformation was recently awarded the Award of Excellence for Best Planning Ideas - Large from the Queensland Branch of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). It was also shortlisted for Leadership, Advocacy & Research - City & Regional Scale at the 2018 Australian Urban Design Awards.

Read more about the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan.


Time to recharge: Happy Holidays

Our studio will be closed from 5pm Friday 21st December and will reopen in the New Year on Wednesday 2nd January. The studio will also be closed at 12pm on Friday 14th December for our studio Christmas Party.