Toowoomba Goods Shed
Client: Sims White Architects
A strategic approach to planning informs the restoration of the historic Toowoomba Goods Shed as the heart of a new, activated precinct for the City
Toowoomba has grown from an agricultural-based community in to a cosmopolitan regional city on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The restoration of the historic Toowoomba Goods Shed, provides the opportunity to create a vibrant and activated focal point for the community. The imposing 4000m2 Shed, deteriorated over a long period of disuse will be restored under a commitment from the Toowoomba Regional Council.
Located adjacent to Railway Parklands, this catalytic City project conceives a vibrant, activated mixed-use precinct. A four-stage redevelopment masterplan has been developed to serve the community and attract increased visitation by providing a place for cultural, community, tourism and recreational uses, supported by appropriate commercial activities.
Drawing on our expertise in precinct planning and activation, The Maytrix Group and Positive Solutions delivered an analysis undertaken in two phases, with an initial market review, benchmarking and consultation process leading to identification of options. Following this, a feasibility report was produced to outline the preferred design option and provide supporting research.
To provide the best opportunity for effecteive activation of the Goods Shed and precinct while minimising future demands on Council resources, our approach was informed through a need’s analysis and benchmarking.
Working closely with the design team the feasibility study and plan outlined uses, programming and managemenent to inform the restoration works to realise and activation precinct
This initial stage supported investment into essential remediation works for the Shed to assure the building’s future and as it moves once more to play a central role in serving Toowoomba’s community.