The Tugun Bypass highway links northern New South Wales and southern Queensland (Gold Coast) by taking traffic to the west of the Gold Coast Airport, connecting to Stewart Road interchange at Currumbin and the Tweed Heads Bypass north of Kennedy Drive at Tweed Heads West.

Jackson Teece were the Urban Designers on the SKM / Thiess Alliance bid to the Queensland Government, preparing a concept tender design for the highway in 2005. As part of the overall urban design we developed a proposal for a striking tunnel approach strategy incorporating the required aviation clearances for Coolangata Airport, visual screening of tunnel ventilation fans, and approach lighting whilst at the same time creating a gateway statement for the crossing of the New South Wales/ Queensland border.

The project also featured a noise attenuation structure in the form of a half enclosed noise tube. Due to the varying height of the hill above and the alignment of the road, the noise attenuation levels changed greatly along the alignment giving rise to a dynamic and flowing form.