QUEENSLAND State Development Minister Anthony Lynham last week announced that CPB Contractors, Watpac Construction, and Lendlease have been invited to tender for the managing contractor role for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium project in Townsville.
The North Queensland Stadium project will deliver a 25,000-seat, best practice, purpose-built, regional stadium in time for the commencement of the 2020 NRL season at 17-49 Saunders Street, Railway Estate, Townsville.
According to the tender documents released last year, the project will also allow for the future potential integrated development of an Entertainment Centre on the site and a potential increase in the stadium seating to cater for up to 30,000 seats in the Master Plan.
The expressions of interest period for the managing contractor role ended last month, with submissions evaluated on capability and capacity, relevant experience and results on similar projects, and local industry participation and training strategies.
Dr Lynham said the three companies have a track record of delivering on major projects in North Queensland, and included strategies to provide local businesses with opportunities to be involved in the project.
In December, local architects 9Point9 were part of the Cox Architecture-led team chosen to deliver a Pandanus tree-inspired design for the stadium.
The successful proponent for the managing contractor role is expected to be announced in April, and early works are scheduled to commence in the second half of this year.
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by the National Rugby League (NRL). The stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.