The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village has been transformed into Australia’s first build-to-rent community – Smith Collective – a vibrant residential and retail village and an ideal place to live, work, study and play within the Precinct.
Developed by one of Australia’s leading private developers Grocon, on behalf of the Queensland Government, the $550 million Parklands development successfully played host to 6,600 athletes and officials.
Now transformed into an exciting master-planned community managed by leading property innovators JLL, the Smith Collective reinvents rental, offering 1252 apartments and town-homes and a retail and dining precinct that will enliven the main streets and help create a 24/7 environment for collaboration, inspiration and recreation.
Seven hectares of parkland with walking paths and public art surround the residences and the vibrant village heart is flanked by the 9.5 hectares that are being developed for health and knowledge commercial investment.
The new community will be home to approximately 2,500 residents and offers residents access to a community centre, rooftop terrace, BBQ’s, four pools, gym and fitness areas and a running track.
A program of events will create a vibrant community atmosphere and celebrate the enviable Gold Coast lifestyle.
A mix of one, two and three bedroom dwellings are set to be available on the rental market from early 2019.
The Parklands development is centred around a new village heart, whose hero is the “disc”, a sculptural element which recalls the rock formations and waterfalls of Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park.
Wrapping around the village heart is the “arbour”, a twisting, golden double helix which continues conceptually throughout the entire Parklands site: it is the DNA strand which ties the precinct together.
Images and information courtesy John Gollings and Arm Architecture.
With a full-service Woolworths supermarket at its centre, the Smith Collective retail precinct will include Main Street frontages and outdoor alfresco dining spaces in a lively urban setting.
The new Mantra at Sharks boasts 120 hotel rooms and suites, a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Gold Coast including the Surfers Paradise skyline and the beautiful hinterland, along with spacious, light-filled meeting rooms, ideal for board meetings, annual general meetings and secretariats and break out rooms for conferences.
Griffith University’s sporting facilities include the Griffith University Athletics track, a national standard facility with synthetic track, throwing cage and jumping equipment; Griffith Aquatic Centre, boasting a state-of-the-art Olympic pool and functional fit centre with the UniFitness gym, operated by the Student Guild and open to students, staff and the general community.
Griffith University offers nine cafe and dining outlets, including G’s Restaurant and Café, while cafe and convenience food outlets are also available at both hospitals.
Smith Collective Retail will offer an exciting mix of cafe and dining options, anchored by a full-service Woolworths supermarket.