"Located halfway between the Brisbane CBD and Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, the 14ha Pimpama Heritage Park was once a rifle range.
Liquid Blu Architects and Place Design Group partnered with the City of Gold Coast to create a local sporting haven. The largest ever community infrastructure project delivered by the city, a state of the art integrated sports, recreation and community hub.
The $94 million project incorporates five swimming pools, eight tennis courts, a netball centre, community parklands and event spaces. The design of this regional sporting facility and community parkland precinct is within a major urban growth corridor on the Gold Coast and forms not only an important infrastructural development for the area, but also an important social hub for the adjoining communities. The design not only focuses on traditional sports but also the infill activities incorporating passive recreation uses for all age groups and abilities.
As a much-loved area for locals, it was essential that the site’s history, community connections and geography be celebrated. Incorporating a pedestrian link that loops through the site, linking all facilities including parking and drop-off zones.
Sustainability and accessibility were key to the entire design, with up to 50 per cent of the hub’s power generated on site. The design also responds directly to the remnant bushland on the site and features a natural watercourse through its centre and a 1km walking track that winds through a treetop style boardwalk. A true benchmark for the future rollout of integrated aquatic, fitness and community hubs across the Gold Coast in coming years.
Film and photography by Nikolas Strugar, Ravens At Odds
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