FOUR design companies have been shortlisted from a field of 17 international and national firms to tender for the principal consultant role for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium.
Queensland Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the shortlisted companies would be invited to submit a concept design and a site master plan as part of the design tender.
"BVN Architecture, Cox Architecture, Hassell and Populous were shortlisted to develop a concept design for the North Queensland Stadium project," Dr Lynham said, adding that the four companies have all demonstrated a proven track record in major sports stadiums.
The successful design tenderer will be appointed by the end of the year. The appointed team will further develop their concept design, in preparation for release of the managing contractor tender in early 2017.
Minister assisting the Premier on North Queensland, Coralee O'Rourke, said the stadium project would revitalise the Townsville CBD, less than a kilometre from the site, and boost the North Queensland economy.
"The Queensland Government is making the biggest contribution with up to $140 million for the project and we are pleased all of the other parties are working with us to make this North Queensland dream a reality," Ms O'Rourke said.