The stadium will be delivered through a two stage Managing Contractor methodology.
The invitation for Expressions of Interest will include the following assessment criteria:
- capability and capacity
- relevant experience
- local industry participation strategies.
A panel of key stakeholders will score each EOI submission against the assessment criteria set out in the government's invitation.
The consortia with the highest scoring submissions will then be approached to participate in a Design Tender.
The tender will be issued to the shortlisted consortia identified as part of the Expressions of Interest process.
The tender will include a number of evaluation criteria, one of which will be the requirement to develop and submit an initial concept design for the stadium and an overall site plan.
Full details of the assessment criteria will be included in the tender documentation. The government is looking for consultants to demonstrate innovative design solutions that will provide North Queensland with a city-changing stadium that can attract new and broader uses, drawing visitors and investment to the region.
The government has committed to the delivery of a best-practice regional stadium however, the importance of planning for the future is considered to be critical for the long term success of the precinct.
As part of the design tender, consultants will be required to submit a concept design and site plan that includes the provision for a future entertainment centre and demonstrates how these facilities could link into and support the wider development of the Priority Development Area (PDA).
Local industry will be provided with full, fair and reasonable opportunities to tender for the stadium project.
The government has developed a local content promotion strategy and is committed to ensuring the local supply chain is aware of potential opportunities and to provide local business with a forum to promote their capability.
Queensland Government will deliver a suite of workshops, mentoring services and industry events that will assist local businesses to build their tendering and supply chain capability so that they may win and maintain work on major projects in North Queensland.
The government's Regional Economic Development Office, located in Townsville, will work closely with local industry and attend industry events to ensure the project is promoted and the project procurement is well understood.
The government will actively engage with local supply chain businesses, offering training opportunities and feedback on how local businesses can best promote their capability and position themselves to competitively tender on large scale government projects, such as the North Queensland Stadium.
To ensure full advantage can be taken of procurement opportunities, local suppliers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with information about the upcoming project and the requirements that must be met to successfully pre-qualify for tenders.
The project has been placed on the ICN gateway and suppliers are encouraged to visit the website in order to register their interest.
The existing 1300SMILES Stadium will continue to operate while the new North Queensland Stadium is constructed.
Detailed investigations to progress future uses of the existing stadium site will occur in due course.
Importantly, the headquarters and training field for the North Queensland Cowboys remains located at the 1300SMILES Stadium.
Modern stadia can be used for a wide range of sport, entertainment and cultural events.
The Queensland government is committed to maximising the use of the stadium and will work closely with Townsville City Council, sporting bodies and events promoters to ensure the people of North Queensland are provided with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of events at the new stadium.
A review of the transport requirements was undertaken during the development of the business case.
A traffic engineering consultancy will be included in the design team in order to undertake detailed investigations and work with stakeholders to develop a suitable transport solution for the project, integrating both private and public transport.
The government considers an effective transport solution to be a critical element for the success of the project and is establishing a transport committee to oversee its development.
The committee will include specialist design consultants, Townsville City Council, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Department of State Development, Stadiums Queensland, transport providers and emergency services.
The North Queensland Stadium is the current project name and reflects the vision to provide a best-practice regional stadium for the people of North Queensland.
The design of the stadium will be progressed to incorporate the needs of anchor tenants while embracing innovative and flexible design opportunities that encourage the use of the facility for a variety of purposes.
In due course it is anticipated that Stadiums Queensland will negotiate a sponsorship agreement for the new stadium, assigning naming rights to the successful party.
The existing 1300SMILES Stadium at Kirwan, 17 kilometres west of the CBD, is ageing and will reach the end of its useful economic life within the next decade.
The government's recently announced Advancing North Queensland: Investing in the future of the north plan, identifies the North Queensland Stadium as one of five key initiatives aimed at diversifying and advancing North Queensland's economy.
The proposed Stadium is anticipated to result in jobs growth and skills development during the construction and operational phases of the project. This projected growth will be experienced in the construction, services, tourism, retail, commercial and hospitality industries within the North Queensland region.
The project is expected to generate up to 750 full-time equivalent jobs throughout the design and construction stages.
Importantly, the North Queensland Stadium project is expected to provide a much needed catalyst to revitalise Townsville's central business district.