North Bank - The River Rooms
North Bank - Playground

North Bank

TypeNorth Bank Master PlanLocationLaunceston, TasmaniaClientLaunceston City CouncilYearCurrentStatusIn ProgressArchitectCumulus Studio & Oculus


Although the Tamar River was a key asset for the original settlement of Launceston, as the city developed it turned it’s back on the waterway. In particular, the North Bank site, which has historically been cut off visually and physically from the public by flood levees and industrial zoning, remains a barrier between the CBD and the northern suburbs of the small city.

The project, initiated by the Launceston City Council, shifts the city’s focus back towards the Tamar River. Both community and council recognise that a strong connection to the Tamar River is an important element in the vitality of Launceston’s Inner City areas, and previously under-utilised areas of the riverfront are increasingly being re-invigorated by private and public development. In order to facilitate the transition of North Bank, Cumulus Studio were commissioned to prepare a masterplan for the site.

The master plan outlines strategic principles and a vision that provides clear direction to the community, stakeholders and investors. It particularly focuses on providing an important recreational space within the city for all age groups and recognises play space as a vital part of social inclusion and long term health & wellbeing.

By focusing on the creation of a unique place for locals to meet, mix and celebrate Launceston, the North Bank project offers the opportunity to transform the dislocated site into a place that connects and engages people.

To view the draft North Bank Masterplan Vision + Directions Report, please click here.