EOI’s sought for principal consultant & sub-consultant design team for new A$250m stadium

Expressions of interest are being sought for principal consultants to put forward design teams to kick-off work on the A$250m, 25,000-seat North Queensland Stadium.



The proposed 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.


The 25,000-seat stadium will become the new ‘home’ of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team. The team’s current home, Willows Sports Complex (also referred to as 1300Smiles Stadium) is a converted greyhound racing track, located 15km from Townsville CBD.


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


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 said:

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.

The North Queensland Stadium will create hundreds of jobs in the construction phase alone and provide a vital boost to the local economy and community.


Dr Lynham said as well as the first tender, local contractors would be able to register their interest to work on the project online. He added:

The whistle’s blown and we’re underway on the biggest job-creating project in North Queensland in decades.

This project will create 750 construction jobs and the over-riding theme is local – local jobs, local businesses, local alliances.

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


Mrs O’Rourke confirmed:

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.

I know Townsville needs jobs and as part of our tender process, bidders will need to detail opportunities for local industry and business, to keep jobs local and help bring confidence back to our region.

This crucial piece of infrastructure is a priority in my Advancing North Queensland strategy to grow and diversify the northern economy, and I am pleased we are now one step closer.

This will mean important work for North Queensland’s building and construction industry, but in the longer term it’s also about diversifying our economy.

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 August 29 at: hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/ and closed September 19.


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.


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 next steps include:

Item Timeframe
Invitation for EOI’s from Principal Consultants & their sub-consultant design teams 29 August 2016
EOI North Queensland Stadium Principal Consultant close 2pm, Monday 19 September 2016
EOI evaluation period 19 Sept to early Oct 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


The proposed site


The project is on schedule for construction early works to start on site in mid-2017 and the project will be completed in time for the 2020 NRL season

Project background

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. Although the entertainment and convention facility is not part of the current EOI, shortlisted consortia will be required to include provisions for an entertainment centre in their concept designs.


The business case identified a 25,000-seat, best-practice, regional stadium as the preferred stadium option to pursue.


The best-practice regional stadium will include state-of-the-art corporate facilities, permanent stands, permanent concessions and modern amenities throughout.


Overall planning of the site will also make allowance for the integration of an entertainment centre at a future date.


The North Queensland Stadium is jointly being developed by:

  • Queensland Government
  • Australian Government
  • Townsville City Council

With the support of:

  • National Rugby League (NRL) / North Queensland Toyota Cowboys


The North Queensland Stadium site will be located within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area adjacent to the Townsville Central Business District (CBD), between Ross Creek and Saunders Street.


The vision: To develop a vibrant new stadium that attracts visitors and investment, celebrates Townsville’s tropical climate, values the water’s edge environment, delivers high-quality public spaces and supports urban regeneration.


Objectives: It is anticipated the North Queensland Stadium will:

  • Become a nationally-recognised sports stadium with world-class sustainable urban design and architecture, establishing a clear identity that is uniquely ‘North Queensland’
  • Stimulate broad investment and economic development in the long-term future of Townsville as a major regional city, underpinned by its sporting excellence, distinct tourism offerings and strong and diverse local economy
  • Transform and activate places and spaces as an urban attraction that draw people to Townsville’s city heart
  • Promote active experiences, social interaction and a broad range of sporting and cultural activities


For further project information, visit: http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/major-projects/north-queensland-stadium.html


Image courtesy: Townsville City Council



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