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Construction starts at Carrara Sports Precinct: GC2018 host venue

Construction has started at the AUD$122m (USD$94m) Carrara Sports Precinct that is being built for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018), taking place in Queensland, Australia.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, joined Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, to mark the beginning of the project’s initial phase, the redevelopment of Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

Palaszczuk said:

The Centre is a major piece of infrastructure for the Gold Coast and will accommodate a wide range of court sports, including basketball, netball, indoor soccer and badminton… [it] is a major piece of infrastructure for the Gold Coast and will accommodate a wide range of court sports.

As a GC2018 host venue, the project is expected to generate 400 jobs during its design and construction phases.

Jones advised:

The Commonwealth Games infrastructure programme is an important investment in the region that will not only generate 1,000 jobs during design and construction, but also ensure the local community, local business and local industry reap long-term benefits from the event.

Ahead of GC2018, AUD$320m (USD$245m) will be invested in venue infrastructure, including AUD$154m (USD$118m) in Commonwealth Government funding.

Carrara Sports Precinct: Redevelopment

Revitalisation of the Carrara Sports Precinct will provide new and upgraded facilities for a range of elite and community sporting groups on the Gold Coast. The vision for the precinct is to create a vibrant and engaging venue space that will attract community and sporting events long after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018).

A range of enhancements will occur throughout the Carrara Sports Precinct that are designed to create new world-class sporting facilities that will serve a range of community sporting needs and attract major sporting competitions to the precinct in the future. All permanent enhancements will be delivered by early 2017 in preparation for when it will become the signature venue precinct for GC2018, hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Badminton, Weightlifting and Wrestling competitions.

The AUD$121m Carrara Sports Precinct redevelopment will cater for elite and community sporting groups, as well as provide a range of amenities for public use. The redevelopment will be delivered as four key projects including the new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, upgrades to the Carrara Indoor Stadium, upgrades to Carrara Outdoor Stadium, and general precinct upgrades such as improvements to existing sports fields.

The redevelopment will be delivered as four key projects throughout the precinct and construction will take place from early 2015 to early 2017.

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

This new multi-purpose community facility will comprise of two mixed-use indoor halls connected by a pedestrian plaza. The new centre will support a range of sport and community facilities including function rooms, change rooms and administrative facilities. The mixed-use sports courts are designed to accommodate a wide range of court sports including basketball, netball, indoor soccer and badminton.

The Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will provide world-class competition and training facilities on the Gold Coast capable of hosting international sporting events such as the badminton and wrestling competition during GC2018.

Carrara Stadium upgrade

Carrara Stadium is a world-class facility and will benefit from permanent lighting and technology upgrades ahead of GC2018. Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2016.

Carrara Indoor Stadium upgrade

Refurbishment of this multi-purpose indoor venue will extend community usage of this facility for the next 20 years and beyond. The project will deliver upgraded spectator seating, technology upgrades, new internal and external cladding, and a new roof. Construction is scheduled to take place from late 2016 to early 2017.

Southern Sports Fields

Three new multi-sports fields will accommodate a range of community uses including soccer, football and school carnivals. Other facilities will include outdoor lighting, car parking, access roads, public amenities and a shared clubhouse facility. Construction is scheduled to take place from early 2015 to late 2015.


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Architect: BVN Donovan Hill

Managing Contractor: Hansen Yuncken

Deliverables: New indoor sport facility and and upgrades to facilities throughout the precinct

Status: Construction phase

GC2018 sports: Opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, badminton, wrestling and weightlifting

Location: Carrara