Griffith University has bought up a large development site within the former Commonwealth Games Athletes Village as it helps to develop the next phase of the Health and Knowledge Precinct.
Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the 4365m2 site will become the home of the University’s Advanced Design Manufacturing & Prototyping (ADaPT) building.
“This is the first sale of one of 16 sites that are ready for development so it’s a significant milestone for the precinct,” Mr Dick said.
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“ADaPT is an $80 million facility that will use a range of advanced technologies to support the rapid development of prototypes and products for a variety of industries, including biomedical applications.
“We have moved quickly to ensure Griffith can progress their plans as soon as possible.”
The former athletes’ village sits within the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. There are 16 developable parcels of land on 9.5ha available for health and knowledge related businesses and enterprises.
Mr Dick said Economic Development Queensland has been hard at work on a range of initiatives, including Cohort, which provides space for incubators and start-up businesses, along with co-working spaces.
“Buildings formerly used by Commonwealth Games athletes, including a hair salon, convenience store and police station, are now being fitted out for Cohort, and we expect the space to open by mid-2019.”
Construction will commence early 2020.