Artist's impression of the new space.
Artist's impression of the new space.
8 April 2015

New student accommodation and retail outlets feature among key developments proposed in The University of Queensland’s new draft Master Plan for its St Lucia campus.

UQ Property and Facilities Director Mr Alan Egan said the possibility of new river crossings for cyclists and pedestrians, more student accommodation, and upgraded sports facilities were highlighted as opportunities to meet the needs and expectations of students, staff and the community.

The public consultation phase of the master planning process started this week, with the launch of a website and a display in the University’s Duhig Library.

Mr Egan said the St Lucia campus Draft Master Plan 2015 presented a clear vision and strong framework for a physical environment that would continue to support UQ’s position as a landmark centre of knowledge leadership.

“The St Lucia campus, including the Long Pocket and Avalon Theatre precincts, has grown into a thriving community with a distinct sense of place, people and purpose,” Mr Egan said.

“The landscaped grounds, heritage buildings, cultural spaces, sporting facilities, residential colleges and high-tech research labs enrich the experience of learning and working at UQ and provide Brisbane with a picturesque meeting place for ideas and activities that the public can also enjoy.

“Queensland’s population is forecast to reach eight million by 2040, with most people living in the south east region.

“The demands of a modern society in such a growth region require a planning approach that integrates the needs of both the campus and the wider community.

“In 2014, UQ welcomed about 50,000 students, including 12,000 international enrolments from 144 nations.

“This plan aims to guide sustainable development of the physical environment so that it can continue to provide a unique, memorable and desirable campus experience for current and future generations,” he said.

The plan incorporates best-practice principles of contemporary urban form and respects cultural and environmental heritage, with the sandstone edifice at the front of the campus becoming a stronger focal point.

“Parkland characteristics will be enhanced, not only because they are central to the visual image of the University, but also to retain major green space for the neighbourhood,” Mr Egan said.

Public feedback is encouraged through the community consultation phase. The UQ library display is open to the public, and information stalls will be set up in the neighbourhood.

An online newsletter, a survey and details of other feedback options can be found on the St Lucia campus Draft Master Plan 2015 website.

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