Apr 202013

Construction of CA’s new athlete development centre kicked off recently after the successful tender by property group Watpac for the high-profile sporting project.

And its delivery will be fast-paced with works on the facility scheduled for completion at the end of September. Computer-generated images of the planned centre – including a timeline animation of its construction from the ground up – can be viewed online. See details at the end of this story.

The images reveal a cutting-edge building, designed by Brisbane-based firm TVS Architects, which is to house what is being touted as a world-class, high performance training facility for the sport.

The national complex – funded largely by the Federal ($17.5 million) and State ($5 million) governments – is a major coup for Queensland.

Spread over 6800sq m and four levels it will feature a gymnasium, indoor practice wickets, a 25m indoor lap pool and sports science facilities with commercial space and basement parking.

The centre will integrate sports science, coaching and new technology such as virtual reality tools for decision making and biomechanical equipment for technique analysis, research and skill development.

Cricket Australia’s Belinda Clark said the facility would provide “a vehicle to challenge and stretch our very best players so the vision of being No.1 in all formats of women’s and men’s cricket is achieved”.

“The new facility will provide Australian cricket with a state-of-the-art integrated training facility and high performance hub,” she said.

“Nationally, all states will benefit from the new facility as information gained is passed through the cricket network. States will access the facilities as part of the pre-season training camps held each year.”

The facility will offer a new sports medicine, injury rehabilitation and physical preparation program, as well as host national coaching and umpiring education programs.

Watpac chief executive officer Martin Monro said the construction of CA’s new Centre for Excellence added to the group’s long list of major sporting facilities it has delivered in the Sunshine State.

“Over the past 30 years Watpac has delivered Queensland’s most celebrated sporting landmarks including Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba redevelopment, as well as Metricon Stadium and Skilled Park on the Gold Coast,” Mr Monro said.

Watpac is also building the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which will host events for the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

First Posted 20 April, 2013 9:33PM AEDT

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