In 2005, Tract Consultants were engaged by the QLD State Government (Major Sports Facilities Authority/Project Services) to prepare precinct plans and concept design for the Gold Coast Stadium, just north of the Robina Town Centre.
Collaborating with HOK, our team worked closely to develop Stadium Forecourt and access that can cope with mass pedestrian movement to, from and through the stadium and its suburban mixed use surrounds. Upon project approval to proceed, Tract undertook Statutory Planning Approvals and Landscape Architectural Design and Documentation through to Construction Administration.
Home of the National Rugby League’s Gold Coast Titans, the project budget of $160 million was value managed by the State Government, Watpac, HOK and the project team to achieve an additional 2,500 seat capacity and establish a formal access from nearby Robina Station. These key value adds of maximum capacity and efficient public transit access were realised through the design evolution that involved all all consultants striving for a balance between economy, amenity, constructability and accessibility.
The Stadium Forecourt design maximises the stadiums external apron to accommodate the priority of functional and safe mass pedestrian movement and event setdown and waiting. As with all stadium projects, "bottoms on seats" was the public priority and hence plaza pavements, seating and planting are deliberately functional design efficient with robustness of form and function complimenting the scale and materiality of the stadium superstructure.