Location: Carrara, QLD
Project Budget: Approximately $122 million
Project Owner: Department of State Development
Project Manager: Hansen Yuncken
Stage: Under Construction
Jobs Created: 350 during construction
The Carrara Sports Precinct is undergoing a series of upgrades and redevelopment in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This project is going to result in a new multi-purpose community facility, an upgrade to the existing stadium in terms of lighting and technology, refurbishment of the indoor stadium, and a trio of new multi-sport fields. It is hoped that the refurbishment portion of the project will allow the indoor stadium to be used by the community for upward of twenty years more; and the new Sports and Leisure Centre will be used for not only training during the Commonwealth Games, but also to hold the Wrestling, Weightlifting, Athletics, and Badminton competitions, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
It has been stated that the project should be completed sometime early 2017, construction itself only began early 2015, although it was originally planned to begin sometime in January 2012. This project marks one of several that are being undertaken in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, the cumulative cost of these projects has been placed around the $320 million range, $154 million was provided by the Commonwealth Government, which completely covers the cost of this individual project, and will continue to do so provided that nothing causes it to see an increase in expenses. The other projects being undertaken for the Games includes Queensland State Velodrome, Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Commonwealth Games Village, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, and Gold Coast Hockey Centre; or rather these are the related projects that are currently underway, those that aren’t listed are yet to have a contractor signed to them.
Once complete the new Sports and Leisure Centre will be comprised of two separate halls. The first will have 5,000 permanent seats, whilst the second will have 350, with the ability to hold 5,000 via the use of temporary seating. The finished project will encompass 8.97 hectares of land, and include a public plaza, pedestrian access, changing rooms, as well as meeting and function areas. Putting all of this together will require roughly 12,000 metres square of timber flooring, 15,000 metre square steel roof sheeting, 5,000 cubic meters of reinforced concrete, and 1,000 tonnes of structural steel. Understandably, this makes it the most expensive section of the project, costing the lion’s share of $101 million. The rest of the budget is portioned out such that the Carrara Indoor Stadium upgrade will cost $8 million, the Southern Sports Fields will cost $6 million, and finally the Carrara Stadium upgrade will take the remaining $7 million.