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Project:
Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre
Client:
City of Gold Coast
Location:
Coomera, Gold Coast

This community sporting building is designed to be the core component of the Coomera Sporting Precinct in the rapidly developing northern suburbs on the Gold Coast. The stadium building will become part of the overall Coomera Sporting Precinct, servicing a range of outdoor sports in addition to existing outdoor sports.

It is the first completed new venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and has been designed to perform in both ‘Games Mode’ as well as it’s long term ‘Legacy Mode’. The building needs to be flexible, simple in concept, and adaptable to a range of sporting and community uses. In particular, it is required to meet specific Commonwealth Games overlay/infrastructure requirements, specific spatial requirements for Gymnastics and Netball finals, provide for long term individual sporting group needs (e.g. gymnastics), in addition to the operational requirements of the long term building manager, the Gold Coast City Council.

At it’s essence, the built form extends the notion of the Australian ‘shed’ – albeit a more sophisticated and resolved structural example sporting 160m length and 85m width! In its broader context of sporting fields, the building is composed as a simple elegant frame floating above the ground plane of the surrounding grassed fields.

The success of any public building can be judged by the useage and acceptance by the public. From day one this building has been popular and almost fully booked by community and sporting groups. It addresses a latent demand by the growing Coomera community for first class flexible sporting facilities. Further it will adapt to be one of the key sporting facilities for the showcase 2018 Commonwealth Games, and future national and regional sporting events.

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