Open space at heart of con­cept

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

THE ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment isn’t just about money and jobs; the project will cre­ate new spa­ces that will brighten the heart of Port Dou­glas.

“Our de­sign seeks to cre­ate a vi­brant, ac­tive wa­ter­front; an at­trac­tive place to live and visit,” said Mr Hooper-Nguyen.

The new ameni­ties will in­clude a wa­ter­front board­walk, a Rain­for­est Walk and a pub­lic plaza.

Mr Hooper-Nguyen said these as­pects will be the stars of the re­de­vel­op­ment.

“Fo­cus will be upon the spec­tac­u­lar views.”

He said that of the whole de­vel­op­ment, the Rain­for­est Walk stood out to him.

“I re­ally love the Rain­for­est Walk. It will cre­ate a strong pedes­trian con­nec­tion be­tween the ma­rina and town cen­tre; while also be­ing a shaded and beau­ti­fully land­scaped space.”

An­other stand­out ad­di­tion is the pub­lic plaza, which ac­cord­ing to ar­chi­tect John Lon­er­gan would knit ev­ery­thing to­gether.

“A key aim of the Plaza was to cre­ate an ac­tive peo­ple space with strong vis­ual con­nec­tions from the wa­ter through to Wharf Street; to the new Ma­rina build­ing en­try; and Macrossan Street,” said Mr Lon­er­a­gan.

The plaza will in­clude small popup shops to ‘ac­ti­vate’ the space.

“We want peo­ple to linger and re­lax while en­joy­ing a won­der­ful wa­ter view and the boat­ing ac­tiv­ity in the Duck Pond and on the In­let.”

Above: The Reef Ma­rina in stages. Top left: the plaza. Top right: Apart­ment bal­cony. Mid­dle: Apart­ment in­te­rior

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