Grocon and Queensland Government
have revealed the master plan for the re-development of the Gold Coast Parklands which will host accommodation and services to 6,500 athletes and officials at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Under Grocon, the redevelopment of the 29-hectare site will see over 1200 apartments, townhouses and a neighbourhood retail centre over the construction of 30 new building ranging in height from single level to eight levels, along with 7-hectares dedicated to parks and open space including a large water feature.
Premier Campbell Newman said the redevelopment of Parklands, Southport will be one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast.
“I am pleased to confirm that we have reached agreement with Grocon to be the preferred developer of the Games Village and look forward to working with them on the transformation of the 29-hectare site,” Mr Newman said.
“This project will inject an estimated $500 million into the local economy over the next five years and will generate more than 1,500 jobs during its construction phase,” Mr Newman said.
Grocon won the bid in late 2013 and Carolyn Viney CEO of Grocon said they are thrilled to be part of the redevelopment of Parklands and have designed the precinct to honour Queensland’s sub-tropical environment.
“Grocon’s design captures the essence of the sub-tropical environment of Queensland’s south coast with special attention being paid to sunlight, shading, natural air flows and water,” said Ms Viney.
“The urban and landscape design approach adopts the history and unique characteristics of the Gold Coast and its hinterland, intertwined with the role that water has played, and will continue to play, in shaping the Parklands site.”
The Queensland Government have announced that after GC2018 the Commonwealth Games Village will be transformed into the residential competent of this new mixed-use, part of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, integrating with the existing hospital and university.
Grocon have submitted the master plan for development approval and aim to commence construction in late 2014.