Townsville Sports Precinct | Conrad Gargett

Townsville Sports Precinct | Conrad Gargett | Photographer: Andrew Rankin

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Townsville Sports Precinct | Conrad Gargett

Traditional Land Owners
The Wulgurukaba People



North Queensland

Public Architecture
Hutchinson Builders
Andrew Rankin
Project summary

Activate! Queensland 2019–29 is the Queensland Government’s 10-year strategy, outlining the new collaborative direction for physical activity in Queensland. This initiative included the transformation of the former Townsville Sports Reserve into a vibrant precinct including;

—Three indoor multi-purpose courts
—Indoor rock-climbing wall
—Accessible change rooms and amenities
—Sports equipment storage

Through our findings from our initial site analysis, detailed assessment of options and engaging stakeholder and consultation process we delivered a responsive site master plan, staging and architectural design that underpins the design project response. Critical to the success of this project was the human centred design strategy.

The design supports the Activate Qld Strategy by creating an open and welcoming place, with connection to the surrounding environment; and increasing local and broader community awareness of the Precinct.

The design of the Townsville Sports Precinct Leisure Centre has created a hub for people wanting to be active using the indoor spaces. The courts are booked 7 days a week with various clubs, individuals, schools and social groups. The gym runs fitness classes and has been used by many high performance athletes and teams over the last 12 months. The new facility has enabled the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport to contribute to the Activate Queensland Strategy 2019-2029 by increasing participation numbers in Sport in Townsville.

Project Practice Team

Greg Sexton, Design Architect
Harm Hollander, Document Review
Hayley Kastelein, Project Architect
Lawrence Toaldo, Project Director
Michael Booth, Project Architect
Shannon Wall, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Brazier Motti, Building Surveyor
Brazier Motti, Town Planner
Cardno and Douglas Partners, Geotechnical
Cardno, Acoustic Consultant
Cardno, Traffic
Esco Energy, ESD Consultant
QBuild, Project Manager
RPS and Place Design Group, Landscape Consultant
STP Consultants and Ashburner Francis, Services Consultant
STP Consultants and Cardno, Civil Consultant
STP Consultants and Cardno, Structural Engineer
The Building Approval Company, Certifier

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