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Watpac to build North Queensland Stadium

On 1 May 2017 Watpac was announced as the managing contractor for Townsville’s $250 million North Queensland Stadium.

The Queensland Government invited Watpac, CPB Contractors and Lendlease to tender for the managing contractor role on the 25,000 seat regional stadium in February.

While all three tenderers provided competitive bids, Watpac’s winning tender met the Government’s requirements for maximising local job and training opportunities, including for Indigenous peoples, as well as having a long established Townsville presence and excellent stadia construction experience.

Watpac is expected to engage more than 2000 people from the Townsville region in the delivery of the 25,000 seat stadium, and are aiming for 6.6 per cent of the construction workforce to be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Watpac will use the ICN Gateway (www.northqueenslandstadium.icn.org.au) as a source for tender registrations.

Watpac’s tender for the North Queensland Stadium demonstrated a clear commitment to local content. This included an impressive local industry participation plan that aims for more than 80 per cent of hours spent building the stadium to be by locals and at least 80 per cent of the value of the project to be spent on local subcontractors and suppliers.

Watpac’s impressive list of experience includes sporting venues such as Suncorp Stadium, the Brisbane Cricket Ground Stages 3-6, Cbus Super Stadium, Metricon Stadium, Thuringowa (Tony Ireland) Stadium, Riverway Cultural Precinct in Townsville, the Anna Meares Velodrome and Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Redevelopment.

They have also delivered major construction projects in Townsville including Townsville Hospital Sub-Acute Facility, Ergon Garbutt Depot Redevelopment, James Cook University Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, Lavarack Barracks Single LEAP 2 Accommodation Precinct.

Cox Architecture joins team as principal consultant

On 20 December 2017 the Queensland Government announced that Cox Architecture had teamed up with Townsville architects 9Point9 to score the coveted principal consultant role on the $250 million North Queensland Stadium.

The Cox team's elegant design, innovative facility planning and strong local collaboration, including their genuine local input and partnership impressed the evaluation panel.

Cox's design team incorporates a number of specialist consultancies with Townsville offices, including:

  • 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).

Cox Architecture's North Queensland Stadium concept design also features:

  • seating for 25,000 and the capacity to be expanded to 30,000 seats in future
  • corporate facilities, amenities, permanent concessions and state-of-the-art IT throughout
  • a roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree
  • a roof that covers 80 percent of the seating and is designed to resist cyclonic wind conditions
  • an open grassed terrace at the northern end to allow views to the city and Magnetic Island
  • generous arrival plazas and landscaped greens
  • sports lighting incorporated into the stand roofing, eliminating the need for light towers
  • stormwater run-off management to protect water quality of Ross Creek
  • environmental sustainability initiatives
  • options for future further development on the site.

Quantity surveyor and audit programmer appointed

AECOM Cost Consulting Pty Ltd has been appointed as the quality surveyor for the North Queensland Stadium.

The audit programmer for the project is Resources Coordination Partnership Pty Ltd (RCP).

AECOM and RCP both have long-established Townsville offices and were chosen for the positions based on assessment of key project requirements which included experience, capacity and local industry participation.

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For further information on the proposed North Queensland Stadium please contact the Major Projects and Property Office or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).