Yeppoon Foreshore & Town Centre Revitalisation | Yeppoon, Australia | Place Design Group

The Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project was a vision realised by Livingstone Shire Council and delivered by Place Design Group. Yeppoon, as a destination, is in a prime location with stunning Coral Sea views out to the Keppel Bay Islands, and to hero, this natural beauty through this project has reinvigorated its sense of place. With a vision for the revitalisation, Place Design Group were engaged by Livingstone Shire Council to deliver the detailed design for the pre-existing foreshore master plan.

The detailed design and delivery of the project had a strong focus on placemaking in order to spur tourism visitation to the unique destination, provide a sense of place for the community, and grow the local economy. The lagoon’s design had to incorporate a multitude of uses for locals and visitors alike, to generate a revenue stream directly and indirectly. The 2,500m2 lagoon, with its curved form and edges inspired by surrounding coastline and islands, perches over the ocean and connects the revitalised skate park facilities, open space parklands and commercial offerings along the foreshore, attracting locals and visitors to stay, play and relax placing Yeppoon on the map as a viable family destination that rivals larger Queensland coastal destinations.

From the outset of the project, a sustainable design approach was adopted, considering what could be utilised within the site itself. This included geological survey tests of the subgrade below the pool area to be used as a natural water filtration device and consideration of energy consumption requirements of the lagoon pool with the vision to deliver an energy efficient, cost efficient, community friendly project. In particular, the inclusion of the PV on the roof tops has been an important initiative to drastically reduce operating costs of the lagoon, with the bulk of the energy consumption during operating hours to run the pool from the solar PV cells installed.

The success of this project is reflected in the delivery of an activated town and foreshore, with offerings including the upgrade of skate park facilities, a revamped playground, and the jewel in the crown, the Yeppoon Lagoon. The beautification through landscaping has activated the space at the water’s edge, providing an inviting place to relax and unwind, for families to spend quality time and for local businesses to engage with through utilisation or marketing promotion. Through successful engagement of the local community, understanding the local values and character, inclusion of local form and materiality, incorporation of sustainable technology, all combined have created a ‘Truly Yeppoon Experience’.

Place Design Group were engaged by Livingstone Shire Council to deliver the detailed design for the pre-existing foreshore master plan.

Client | Livingstone Shire Council

Location Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia.

Text: Place Design Group
Photography: Place Design Group, Liquid Blu Architects & Livingstone Shire Council

Photography: Place Design Group, Liquid Blu Architects & Livingstone Shire Council

Project Credits Supplier: Liquid Blue, Calibar, 28 South,
Provider: All Plastics, Urban Play (Provider – playground + Design), Fabritecture, Convic (skate)