Cox Architecture Appointed To Design New North Queensland Stadium


Cox Architecture has won an invited design competition for the new North Queensland Stadium project in Townsville.

Project Director Richard Coulson said the team is excited to have been selected to deliver the project for the North Queensland region.

"The stadium design is an expression of tropical Queensland and North Queensland in particular," he said.

"It combines structural, functional and operational aspects of international modern stadiums with engagement of the environment that is quintessentially Queensland.

"The stadium provides an identity for the region and an important contribution to the city.

"Through the development of a ‘fan first’ approach to the design of the stadium and its use to create a sense of place and belonging, we have forged a unique architectural and engineering response that can only be ‘of this place’," he said.

Cox Architecture’s North Queensland Stadium concept design features:

  • Seating for 25,000 and the capacity to be expanded to 30,000 seats in future
  • Corporate facilities, amenities, permanent concessions and state-of-the-art IT throughout
  • A roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree
  • A roof that covers 80 percent of the seating and is designed to resist cyclonic wind conditions
  • An open grassed terrace at the northern end to allow views to the city and Magnetic Island
  • Generous arrival plazas and landscaped greens
  • Sports lighting incorporated into the stand roofing, eliminating the need for light towers
  • Stormwater run-off management to protect water quality of Ross Creek
  • Environmental sustainability initiatives
  • Options for future further development on the site.
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