THE MASTER plan for the Gold Coast’s Commonwealth Games athletes village has finally been revealed.
The village, which will be built by Grocon on a 29ha site at Parklands, will be home to 6500 athletes and officials during the games in 2018.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the project was well on track, with stage one of demolition works already completed.
“The Commonwealth Games Village will occupy seven hectares of the 29-hectare Parklands site with a further seven hectares dedicated to parks and open space,” he said.
“The balance of land will be held by the State for the future health and knowledge precinct from 2018, integrating with the existing hospital and university.
“Grocon will deliver more than 1,200 permanent apartments and townhouses and a neighbourhood retail centre at Parklands, with the construction of 30 new buildings ranging in height from single level to eight levels.”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the Commonwealth Games Village will be an iconic hub during and long after the Games.
“Central to the design is a village heart which captures the essence of the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Stuckey said.
“It will create a great civic space that will no doubt become a focal point as the Gold Coast is propelled onto the international stage.
“After the Games, Parklands will provide significant infrastructure as it becomes home to people and new businesses as part of a modern, mixed-used community which will include residential and a new business hub for health and knowledge, commercial and retail development.”
“Once demolition is finalised, work will begin to prepare the site for the start of construction of the Games Village in 2015.”
Premier Campbell Newman said the Commonwealth Games Village development project at Parklands will be one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast.
“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,” he said.
“Overall, the Commonwealth Games and associated projects are expected to generate approximately $2 billion in economic benefits to the State and generate up to 30,000 full-time jobs,” he said.
Grocon CEO Carolyn Viney said they are thrilled to be part of the redevelopment of Parklands.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Construction of the Games Village is expected to start in 2015.