North Queensland Stadium moves another step closer to kick-off
Three high profile construction giants with Townsville offices are in the running to build the A$250m North Queensland Stadium. State Development Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced today that CPB Contractors, Watpac Construction and Lendlease Building will be invited to tender for the managing contractor role.
Dr Lynham said:
These three have Townsville offices with a track record of delivering on major projects in North Queensland and, most importantly, they all have impressive strategies to make sure local businesses get every opportunity to be involved in this project.
We are right on schedule to appoint one of these three by early April and have early works underway in the second half of 2017.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Stadium, Coralee O’Rourke, said the government was delivering on its commitment to the North. She said:
This is a stadium for North Queensland, built by North Queensland, as we said it would be.
That’s why we are contributing $140 million towards this game-changing project.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the stadium was forecast to create up to 750 jobs, plus business opportunities, as well as revitalise the Townsville CBD. He added:
I was thrilled to be in Townsville in December to announce local architects 9Point9 were part of the COX Architecture-led team chosen to deliver a Pandanus tree-inspired design for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium.
This project is a key component of the Palaszczuk Government’s wider commitment to advancing North Queensland, with more than $2.4 billion in infrastructure improvements allocated in NQ in the 2016-17 State Budget.
We promised to end years of economic instability under the LNP by delivering local jobs and creating local opportunities – and we are delivering on that promise.
Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart, welcomed progress and also the continuing interest of NQ businesses in working on the project. He said:
As of Thursday morning 167 North Queensland companies have submitted expressions of interest in working on this project. That’s around 40 per cent of all EOIs to date, which means that our message – to step up and be part of this – is getting through loud and clear.
Member for Thuringowa, Aaron Harper, said seven businesses with local offices had already been brought on board to work on the stadium design with principal consultant Cox Architecture, these being:
- 9point9 Architects
- Ashburner Francis (mechanical and electrical)
- Arup (structural, civil, traffic and transport, Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) specialists, acoustics)
- Parker Hydraulics
- RPS (landscaping and surveying)
- Douglas Partners (geotechnical)
- Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University (specialist wind engineering)
The design team is working closely with key stakeholders including Townsville City Council, the NRL, Stadiums Queensland and the North Queensland Cowboys. We should have detailed design for North Queensland by September.
About the project
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by the National Rugby League (NRL). The stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
The 25,000-seat, best-practice, regional stadium will include state-of-the-art corporate facilities, permanent stands, permanent concessions and modern amenities. It will be one of the first outcomes from the Townsville City Deal signed off by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.
Under the City Deal, the Palaszczuk Government contributes AU$140m, the Australian Government AU$100m and the NRL together with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys AU$10m. Townsville City Council is contributing the stadium site.
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Source: Queensland Government