Located halfway between Surfers Paradise and Brisbane City, the Northern Gold Coast Sports and Community Precinct will provide a true, ‘contemporary’ destination for the local community and visitors to meet and participate in sporting, recreational, social, cultural and educational opportunities and events.
Client: Gold Coast City Council
Budget: $56M (Estimate)
Date: Late 2020 (Estimated Completion)
- Feasibility Assessment
- Master Planning
- Stakeholder Engagement
The Heritage Park site location offered a unique opportunity to develop the masterplan of the precinct in a sensitive and innovative manner, whilst navigating the constraints of the steep geography and natural watercourse which splits the site. LiquidBlu has produced a masterplan which is intrinsically linked to the environment and reflective of Queensland’s sub-tropical climate; celebrating the relationship between the built and natural environment.
The precinct will be home to a sub-regional Aquatic Centre that includes a 50m competition pool; an indoor 25m program pool; an indoor learn to swim pool and an interactive play pool. The Centre provides significant shaded and terraced seating areas for spectators; as well as a number of supporting facilities including amenities, family rooms, café and dining areas. Maximising the benefits of co-location, a shared use foyer with retail space encourages collaboration with an adjacent community centre and health and fitness facility above.
Also included in the precinct are tennis and netball facilities, both of which incorporate a dynamic terraced design that is sympathetic to the sloping geography of the site. A large green space adjacent the netball courts serves as a flexible event space, providing the community with a location to gather and host events. A local Community Park is also integrated into the site, servicing the recreational needs of the local neighbourhood and encouraging nature-based play.
Connectivity is a key design driver of the precinct, which is provided through a pedestrian link looping through the site. This link provides a strong connection between all of the site facilities including parking and drop off zones, and is a vital way-finding tool for all site users.
The developed design of the Northern Gold Coast Sports and Community Precinct will be completed in 2018, with delivery of the precinct estimated in 2020.