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    Watpac wins Carrara Stadium work

    Gemma Battenbough

    Queensland’s Anna Bligh yesterday announced that Watpac’s construction division will be responsible for the construction of the $126 million Carrara Stadium redevelopment.

    This comes after a $36 million injection from prime minister Rudd was announced in May.

    The stadium will be redeveloped with designs by Populous, into a 25,000-capacity centre and is designed to allow for increased seating capacity in the future.

    The proposed redevelopment will have a single service stand on the western side of the ground with a general admission stand to the east.

    The lower seating bowl is built on grade on the slopes of the remodelled earth berms.

    Key features of the proposed redeveloped stadium include: an AFL oval capable of accommodating an ICC-compliant cricket oval; an IAAF Athletics field and a FIFA World Cup soccer field; facilities for 2,000 corporate patrons; AFL team and officials’ changing facilities; AFL media facilities; team and officials’ suites.

    In addition to providing a cost-effective regional stadium, the project will create jobs for the Gold Coast region through both the construction of the stadium and through the introduction of the Gold Coast AFL team.

    Greg Kempton, Watpac Limited managing director, said that Watpac is delighted to be appointed managing contractor for Stage 1 of the project and is pleased to add the Carrara Stadium Redevelopment to its impressive portfolio of stadium projects.

    “Watpac has been involved in the construction and enhancement of the key sporting stadium projects throughout Queensland for over 26 years,” Kempton said.

    “These include Skilled Park, Suncorp Stadium redevelopment, refurbishment of the old Carrara, the Gabba, Ballymore, and the Thuringowa Sports Stadium in Townsville.

    “Through this experience and knowledge of stadium delivery we will work together with, the Gold Coast City Council, the State Government, and the AFL to provide a cost-effective, quality regional stadium that is functional, multi-purpose, and flexible for future enhancements.

    “Importantly it will be built to be enjoyed by players and fans alike.

    “We have honed our expertise through the development and retention of a team of professionals who are knowledgeable in the delivery of world-class stadium projects.”

    Watpac is also currently completing the $25 million new Western Stand at Skilled Stadium in Geelong, Victoria, home of the AFL Geelong Cats.

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