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    Design for 2018 Commonwealth Games Village approved; Gold Coast getting ready for games

    Nathan Johnson

    The plans for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village by Arkhefield, ARM Architecture & Archipelago have been approved and are awaiting Grocon development.

    The first masterplan for the development was released back in March via a fly through video and artists impressions of the 29-hectare site. The village is planned to house 6,500 athletes and officials during the games.

    The Games Village will occupy seven hectares of the Parklands site and will include 1,200 permanent apartments and townhouses and a neighbourhood retail centre. 

    After the games, the infrastructure will be transformed into a new mixed-use community that will include a new residential community and a business hub for health and knowledge, commercial and retail development. This will be integrated with the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct which is already open for business.

    The Commonwealth Games Village has been architecturally designed and captures the essence of the sub-tropical environment of Queensland’s south coast with special attention being paid to sunlight, shading, natural air flows and water.

    Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey welcomed the development approval which is expected to start next year.

    “The Commonwealth Games Village is the largest piece of infrastructure for the games and will be a hub for our city during and long after 2018,” Stuckey said.

    “The eyes of the Commonwealth will shortly be in the Gold Coast. Important milestones such as this show how our strong plan will deliver the best Commonwealth Games on record.”

    As The Games Village moves into the development stage, it leaves other venue projects currently in the design phase including:

    ARM Architecture is also responsible for the design of the new cultural precinct for the Gold Coast, to be delivered in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    The design introduces a geometric ‘web’ theme, linking an expanded Living Arts Centre; a new versatile 350-seat black box theatre; a refurbished existing performance theatre accommodating up to 600 people; a new 10,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre; and a central Great Terrace.

    The design will also feature a a sub-tropical outdoor garden, with the Evandale Lake as a focal feature and a spiral-helix encased green bridge providing a dappled shade connection to Chevron Island.

    A new 14-storey Arts Museum will also be develop, complete with a bungy jump tower from the external viewing platform. 

    View the fly-through video below: 
     

    See attached the 2018 Commonwealth Games Village Masterplan:

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