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Design team consultants sought for new Townsville Stadium

Design team consultants sought for new Townsville Stadium
August 30, 2016

Expressions of interest are being sought for principal consultants to put forward design teams to commence work on the planned $250 million Townsville Stadium.

With funding of the proposed venue a key issue in the recent Federal election, the proposed North Queensland Stadium is to be located in the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area, on a piece of vacant land between Ross Creek and Saunders Street, adjacent to Townsville CBD.

Planned as the new home of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team, the new 25,000 seat venue will replace the team’s current home, Willows Sports Complex (also referred to as 1300Smiles Stadium) - a converted greyhound racing track, located 15 kilometres from the centre of Townsville.

The Queensland Government is conducting a two-stage EOI and design tender process for the proposed stadium.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the project’s first tender marked an important milestone in the delivery of the stadium.

Premier Palaszczuk stated “I want to pay tribute to the people of Townsville and north Queensland for working with my Government to push this project forward.

“In addition to the $140 million my Government confirmed in the State Budget in June, together we were able to convince the Turnbull Government to match Federal Labor’s commitment of $100 million during the election campaign.”

Dr Lynham said as well as the first tender, local contractors would be able to register their interest to work on the project online, advising “from the initial EOIs we’ll select a shortlist of consortia to submit a concept design for the new stadium as part of a design tender.

“We want consortia that use local businesses, form local alliances and identify opportunities for local industry innovation.

“That means opportunity for local consultants to team up with leading sports designers to be part of this exciting project – and a concept design for the people of North Queensland before Christmas.”

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and stadium champion, Coralee O’Rourke, welcomed the Call for Tenders, which follows key discussion in Townsville last week on the Federal Government’s City Deal.

O’Rourke added “the Townsville Stadium is an absolute game changer for the entire North Queensland region and for the past 18 months, we have been working incredibly hard to make it a reality.

“In the future, footy fans will come to a North Queensland Cowboys game and stay for a holiday and the North will be able to attract a variety of events that will attract new visitors and investment to the region.”

The EOI opened yesterday (29th August) and will remain open until 19th September.

Following an assessment of the EOI’s, tenders will be invited from shortlisted consortia, with the consultancy design consortia and concept design to be confirmed by the end of the year.

While originally conceived to include an entertainment centre, the EOi now merely states that overall planning of the site will also make allowance for the integration of an entertainment centre at a future date.

With considerable local pressure for a central Townsville Stadium, in September 2013, a feasibility study for a new sport, entertainment and convention facility in Townsville was produced by consultants KPMG, with indicative designs for the stadium by COX Architecture.

However, in May this year the Australian Financial Review published a benefit cost ratio (BCR) analysis that suggested that the venue is not financially viable and will cost taxpayers half a billion dollars in its first 30 years in operation.

The project is on schedule for early construction works to commence on site in mid-2017, with the project to be completed in time for the 2020 NRL season.

The time for development is:

EOI North Queensland Stadium Principal Consultant close - 2pm, Monday 19th September 2016
EOI evaluation period – 19th September to early October 2016
Design tender issued to shortlisted Principal Consultants - October 2016
Appointment of a Principal Consultant - Late 2016
Expressions of Interest for a Managing Contractor - Late 2016
Tender issued to shortlisted Managing Contractors -Early 2017
Appointment of a Managing Contractor - Early 2017
Commencement of early works on site - Mid 2017
Commencement of the stadium build - Late 2017
Stadium Completion - Early 2020

For further project information, visit:

Click here to view the EOI at QTEnders.

Images (from top): Concepts for the new Stadium's interior, and exterior and the current Stadium site. Lower image courtesy of Townsville City Council






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