Yugambeh and Kombumerri people of Bundjalung Country / Southport, Gold Coast

Traditional Place Name/ Indigenous Country




$550 million



Urban Design


Pre-event bid planning and post bid design and delivery, master planning (for both ‘Games’ and ‘Legacy’ mode), urban design and architectural design and delivery


AAA (Archipelago, Arkhefield and ARM Architecture)

  • 2018 Minister's Award for Urban Design
  • Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Planning, 2018 Karl Langer Award for Urban Design
  • Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter), 2018 Development of the Year - Communities
  • Urban Developer Awards, 2018 Shortlisted: Built Projects - City and Regional Scale
  • Planning Institute of Australia - Urban Design Awards, 2018 Development of the Year - Communities
  • Urban Developer Awards, 2018 Presidents Award | UDIA Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence, 2018 Master Planned Development
  • UDIA Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence, 2018 Consultants Excellence
  • UDIA Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence Commendation for Great Place Award
  • Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence, 2017 Helen Josephson Award for Urban Design Leadership
  • City of Gold Coast Urban Design Awards, 2017 Excellence in Urban Design Award
  • City of Gold Coast Urban Design Awards


A vibrant, inclusive and connected urban mixed-use community

Parklands played a key role in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, becoming home for some 6000 athletes and team support officials as the event Athletes’ Village.

Beyond the Commonwealth Games, an enduring and perhaps even greater legacy of the Parklands master plan is its transformation into the key stage of the evolving Gold Coast Health Knowledge Precinct.

Envisaged as a catalyst precinct for the redevelopment of the area into a vibrant, inclusive and connected urban mixed use community, the master planning, design, and delivery of the 29 ha site was a significant urban design and architectural challenge stretching an eight year period.

Undertaken as a joint venture between Archipelago, Arkhefield and ARM Architecture, the development features over 1200 apartments and townhouses coalesced around a village heart with over 5800sqm of retail.

The development provides a balance between some seven hectares of residential and retail precincts with an equal seven hectares of parklands and open space flowing through and between buildings.

As the most advanced Priority Development Area in Queensland, Archipelago’s involvement in the project has been long running, from master planning through to the delivery of significant phases of work, both on government and proponent side.

Having commenced with the original competition winning entry for the Commonwealth Games bid, and following a series of reference designs produced for cabinet to form an economic position on the project thereafter, Archipelago were appointed by Economic Development Queensland to complete reference designs to assist in framing the Priority Development Area.

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