Greater Springfield named Australia’s best master planned development

Greater Springfield’s emergence as one of Queensland’s newest cities has been acknowledged with the $32 billion development winning the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) national award for best master planned development.

Springfield City Group, Lend Lease and Mirvac together nominated the thriving six suburb community and are delighted to jointly receive the prestigious award.

Greater Springfield is positioned as the gateway to the western corridor of south-east Queensland. At 2,860 hectares it is the largest master planned city in Australia and the first city of its kind since Canberra.

Over the past  couple of decades the area has been transformed into a vibrant, community-focused and innovative destination that continues to attract interest worldwide, including delegates to the B20 Australia conference ahead of the G20 Summit.

Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Springfield City Group, Maha Sinnathamby and Bob Sharpless, said the emerging city was not only coming of age but was now recognised as a building block of the nation.

“Greater Springfield is a best practice example of a long-term master planned community that carefully and steadily provides its residents with opportunities to live, work, learn and play all within one community.”

“Proof of Greater Springfield’s continued success is the opening of the $1.2 billion Springfield train line and stations and transport hub,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

In awarding Greater Springfield the accolade, UDIA judges recognised the developers’ efforts to create a community which is serviced by key infrastructure, has continued business investment, creates thousands of jobs and provides a residential community that is enhanced through green open spaces, educational and health facilities and recreational precincts.

Education, information technology and health are key pillars to the development of the city and have ensured residents are benefiting from a high level of amenities and infrastructure locally.

With its own Education City, there are 14 educational providers, which include the University of Southern Queensland, TAFE Queensland South West, 10 private and five state schools, as well as 12 childcare centres.

Mr Sharpless said Greater Springfield has delivered unprecedented investment in the western corridor.

“The area’s designation as a principal activity centre sends a clear message of the importance of Greater Springfield for the wider south-east Queensland region now and into the future.”

Greater Springfield has been planned to give prospective purchasers a range of land choices and home designs to suit a variety of tastes and budgets – from first home buyers and student accommodation through to executive homes.

“Brookwater is the premium residential suburb with housing hugging Queensland’s number one public access golf course, which was designed by Greg Norman,” he said.

Managing Director of Lend Lease’s Communities business in Australia, Matt Mears said Springfield Lakes had been meticulously planned to incorporate a range of residential areas, public and private open space, integrated transport networks and retail outlets, while working in harmony with Greater Springfield’s city centre.

“Springfield Lakes embraces the Springfield master plan vision for community integration. Residents have access to superb facilities, an online community portal and the opportunity to join more than 60 community groups covering everything from playgroups, art to leisure activities,” Mr Mears said.