Four design companies have been shortlisted to develop a concept design and site master plan for the AUD$250 million North Queensland Stadium.
BVN Architecture, Cox Architecture, Hassell and Populous were shortlisted and will now tender for the principal consultant role for the building of the centrally located 25,000 seat regional stadium which will be built in Townsville, in time for the start of the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) season. The Stadium will be home to the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys NRL team.
The successful design tenderer will be appointed by the end of the year. The appointed team will further develop their concept design, in preparation for release of the managing contractor tender in early 2017.
The North Queensland Stadium site will be located within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area adjacent to the Townsville Central Business District, between Ross Creek and Saunders Street.
A total of 20 locally based Townsville companies were included across the four shortlisted design team submissions as part of their local industry participation strategies.
The Department of State Development is leading the delivery of the North Queensland Stadium Project which is expected to generate up to 750 jobs throughout the design and construction stages.
The Queensland Government has committed AUD$140 million to support the development of the stadium and the Federal Government has pledged AUD$100 million, through its Smart Cities Plan.
The (NRL) have also pledged an upfront payment of $10 million and the Townsville City Council will contribute the land that the Stadium will be built on.
Image courtesy Townsville City Council