2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Civic Landscape

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital by Conrad Gargett Civic Landscape: Award of Excellence Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital project, in inner-city Brisbane, has taken landscape architecture beyond the conventional two-dimensional realm and show that design innovation can lead to tangible benefits for health and wellbeing. The rooftop subtropical landscapes, community spaces and vertical gardens are clear evidence of effective design collaboration between project partners on what was a complex and challenging site.

The design capitalizes on and creates clever relationships within its urban location and provides for public amenity at a variety of scales. The new civic space on Vulture Street is a significant addition to the public environment of South Bank and demonstrates the importance of engaging with the existing urban context, irrespective of a project’s scale.

The micro landscapes in and around the hospital provide an accessible form of relief and escape for seriously ill and infirm patients and have demonstrative benefits in sustainability and building efficiency. The landscape designs are bold, progressive and conversant with the language of Lyons’ building facades. The series of garden rooms offer parents and children places for curiosity and play as well as a reprieve from hospital visits. Green walls and green roofs become wonderlands as well as verdant vistas from hospital beds.

The project makes a major contribution to the advancement of green infrastructure landscape design practice at a national level.

For more coverage read Catherin Bull’s review of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital landscapes from Landscape Architecture Australia 146.


Project Team
Katharina Nieberler-Walker, Tarek Barclay, John Percival, Payam Helmi, Shaun Ellis, Merissa Cunningham, David Cooper, Megan Randerson
Landscape architect
Conrad Gargett
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Architect Conrad Gargett Lyons
Building services AECOM
Civil and structural engineer Cardno
Horticultural consultant Asset Horticultural Consultants, Landplan
Irrigation Irrigation Design Australia
Landscape contractor Landscape Solutions (roof gardens), Dig-It Landscapes (ground)
Managing contractor Lend Lease
Planning Cardno
Plant supply Greenstock Nurseries
Project manager Aurecon
Quantity surveyor Aquenta Consulting
Structural and civil engineer Cardno Alexander Browne
Traffic engineers Cardno
Wayfinding Dot Dash
Site details
Site type Urban
Category Public / commercial
Type Hospitals
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2014
Client Queensland Health
Website health.qld.gov.au



Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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