About the project

The redevelopment of the Townsville North Rail Yards site presents a significant opportunity to reconnect the City of Townsville to its past and create a unique offering within the waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA). Established in the 1880’s and identified as a place of innovation in the 1900’s, the Townsville North Rail Yards is a significant heritage place for the city of Townsville.

Conrad Gargett prepared the Masterplan, concept design and Heritage Impact Assessment to support the Feasibility and Structure Plan for this pivotal site, positioned at the western gateway to Townsville’s CBD. Our vision highlights the uniqueness of the site by celebrating its past and reigniting the sentiment of this place as one of innovation.

The site is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register and is deemed to demonstrate all eight criteria for significance. The master plan provides a highly desirable and best practice heritage approach and outcome, appropriately balancing new development and changes required for reuse with the retention and conservation of high and medium significance heritage buildings and their fabric.