Commonwealth Games construction to create 1500 jobs in southern Queensland
In the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, the Gold Coast is seeing a steady instead in commercial construction to accommodate athletes and spectators alike. While not as grand as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games injects millions of dollars in revenue to the host city and encourages tourism across the country, making it a worthwhile investment for every level of government.
The 29 hectare Parklands site for the athlete’s village will comprise 1170 apartments and 82 townhouses, designed to house 6500 athletes throughout the two week event. It’s created over 1000 jobs throughout the design and construction process and the location, which is close to Griffith University, is bound to tempt buyers when the apartments eventually go up for sale.
Various sporting venues are also currently being constructed and include a shooting complex, bowls club, indoor sports centre, aquatic centre, hockey centre, velodrome and even a bike trails project which has been commissioned for mountain biking and will definitely be a popular hot spot for extreme sports enthusiasts following the games.
The aquatic centre will be home to a learn-to-swim pool children’s play pool, crèche, cafe and function rooms alongside the 50 metre, 10 lane competition swimming pool and training and dive pools.
The indoor sports centre will house a new gymnasium alongside eight mixed-use sports courts for netball, soccer and basketball. It will host the netball and gymnastics competitions and is set to be one of the first projects completed, with a finish date 18 months ahead of the games.
With the city known for long periods of sunshine, we expect many of the sporting venues to be open-air and in bright hues reminiscent of the tropical Queensland environment.