Architectural design competition to revive Suttons Beach precinct

Published 25 October 2023

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A national design competition will challenge architects from across Australia to create a new building at the much-loved Suttons Beach precinct on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Opening in November, the competition has been commissioned by City of Moreton Bay and will be overseen by expert advisors CityLab.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the Suttons Beach Public Space Project will include the design and construction of a new mixed-use facility at Suttons Beach.

“This building design competition will see architects vie for the opportunity to create a new hub for the Suttons Beach area, including hospitality spaces, rooftop public space and shower/toilet facilities.

“Council has appointed professional advisors CityLab, who have extensive experience in managing similar projects.

“CityLab will plan the competition including the design brief, competition structure and jury selection criteria.

“Council has also consulted with the Australian Institute of Architects to ensure industry best practice and is currently seeking their endorsement for the final competition guidelines and model.

“We understand the significance of the previous Suttons Beach Pavilion to the local community, and the new building design will consider the history of the site, as well as extensive community feedback.

"The Sutton’s Beach precinct plays a key role in the Redcliffe Peninsula’s tourism offering and once revitalised, will bring new opportunities for employment and economic development to our city, ensuring City of Moreton Bay continues to be a popular place to live, work, visit and invest into the future.”

Councillor Karl Winchester (Division 6) said the design competition will ensure the new building has a unique presence, while also providing the most appropriate solution for the popular Redcliffe destination.

“We know the Redcliffe community wants to see this public space brought back to life, while still recognising the history and character of the space,” he said.

“This design competition will consist of two stages — first we will take expressions of interest (EOI) from the architecture community, followed by a concept design development stage.

“All submissions will be assessed by a jury of qualified and experienced design experts to ensure the community gets the best possible concept design for the site.

“The EOI (Stage 1) will launch in November 2023, and we hope to have a shortlist of architects to compete in Stage 2 by early 2024. The competition winner will be announced in mid-2024.

“The result of this process will be a vibrant new building that will bring jobs and visitors to the Redcliffe Peninsula for many decades to come.

“We can’t wait to see the Suttons Beach precinct evolve into a vibrant new community space allowing a new generation to enjoy its place in the community.”

See Council’s website for project updates: Suttons Beach Public Space project


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