Gold Coast Sports & Leisure CentreQueensland, Australia

The new Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre (Carrara Sports Precinct) is split over two sites (Carrara and Metricon) and incorporates six major projects including the new Carrara Sport & Leisure Centre (CSLC), Gold Coast Suns Elite Training and Administration Facility (GCS-ETAF), refurbishment of the existing Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium (CISS), new northern elite sport and training felds, new community grade football felds and the upgrade of the existing Metricon Stadium lighting. Games Overlay provisions are also built in to each project as a separate sub-project.

The City of Gold Coast has already secured the 2017 World Badminton Federation Sudirman Cup which will be played in the new CSLC and also has an ongoing annual arrangement to host the Big Day Out music festival.

Features and Innovations:

  • Sports halls are set up for four modes of ventilation; full natural ventilation, hybrid natural ventilation with fan assisted roof ventilators, full mechanical ventilation utilising smoke spill fans and dull air conditioning (chilled water cooling).
  • Sports hall facades and roof incorporate translucent panelling to allow natural daylight when possible.
  • Player amenities incorporate energy effcient point of use instantaneous hot water, activated only when required. Solar hot water with gas backup to permanently occupied spaces.
  • Energy metering for all electrical, central chilled water and gas usage.
  • All lifts are Queensland Ambulance Service and BCA stretcher compliant.
  • The new CSLC and all critical services are elevated above the Q100 food plane (substation, switch rooms, communications rooms, mechanical plantrooms).
  • Undergrounding of overhead HV in front of the neighbouring Westpac rescue helicopter base to allow safer pilot visibility and landing and broaden the fight paths.
  • Full acoustics and pole mounted sports lighting CiD studies undertaken to ensure minimal impact on neighbouring residential properties.
  • Sports hall distribution boards incorporate plug-in type connection points for bump-in generators during event modes.

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