RPS has been named as a key member of the multidisciplinary consultancy team that will deliver the much-anticipated North Queensland Stadium project in Townsville, Australia.
Acting Queensland Premier, Curtis Pitt and Federal Minister for Cities, Angus Taylor, joined with Townsville City Mayor, Jenny Hill, to reveal the winning concept design, along with the team of consultants that will collaborate on the facility’s delivery, led by Cox Architecture.
RPS will provide surveying and landscape architecture services to support the $250 million development, and RPS General Manager for Townsville, Mark Carter, says his team’s appointment is a natural continuation of many years of work on the site.
“The area of the city that will host the new stadium has been under-utilised for a long time, and our Surveying and Mapping team has completed a range of survey and investigative works for other proposed uses for the land over the years,” he explains.
“When the stadium was first proposed, the Department of State Development called on us to undertake early survey works for the site – information that has been critical to the development of the incredible design that was revealed yesterday.”
Designed by Cox Architecture in partnership with RPS and other locally based firms including 9Point9 Architecture and ARUP, the winning proposal takes inspiration from the Pandanus tree that is endemic to the region and provides practical solutions to the challenges posed by Townsville’s tropical climate.
An innovative roof structure will offer shade to 80 per cent of the seats, while being resistant to extreme weather events like cyclones.
“It’s a highly advanced design from an engineering standpoint, and the highest possible standards have been set for the stadium’s environmental sustainability, amenity and aesthetics,” Mr Carter says.
“Our surveyors and landscape architects are experts in local environments, conditions and delivery, and the team is really looking forward to turning the vision for North Queensland Stadium into a reality.”