Archipelago celebrates the conclusion of four years of design effort as the $550m Parklands Project is handed over to GOLDOC ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games™.
A joint venture between architects Archipelago, Arkhefield and ARM for Grocon, the Parklands Project involves the master planning, design and delivery of the 14ha Gold Coast Parklands site as the athletes’ village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games™. Following two years of construction work, the site was temporarily handed over to GOLDOC on the 30th of September ahead of preparations for the Games in April of 2018.
Following the Games, the site will transition into “legacy mode”, when the 1,252 Parklands residences will revert back to Grocon for use as affordable, high quality rental accommodation. The precinct will also offer retail, parks, and public transportation, and will be available to the public to rent from early 2019. The Parklands Project is one of largest and most significant urban developments ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, and will continue to shape the legacy of the wider Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct for years to come.
‘We love working on projects of this scale and complexity – it really demonstrates the power of urban design and architecture working together. Parklands uses the demanding brief of delivering an Athletes Village to realise the visionary initiative of the Health and Knowledge Precinct. It’s complex, urban, and architecturally rich; and we’ve had the privilege of leading the urban design from the first sketch through to seeing it made real – and we’re still going.’
Peter Edwards, Director
‘Working on the Parklands Project for nearly four years has been a career highlight and privilege. As a team leader in a successful joint venture, to get exposure to all aspects of a very complex project; from master planning, to contract obligations, quality management, design and documentation; from civil infrastructure to doorknob selection – what a journey. The icing on the cake (for me) was hand painting eighteen large abstract artworks for the eighteen residential foyers, and to have forged lasting relationships with hundreds of participants.’
Mark Haysom, Principal – Practice