Inside Gold Coast’s Vibrant 2018 Commonwealth Games Village


In 2013 the Queensland Government selected private developer Grocon to redevelop seven hectares of the 29 hectare Parklands site for use as the athlete’s village during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The Parklands redevelopment incorporates 1252 permanent dwellings comprising of 1170 apartments and 82 townhouses that will provide accommodation and services to 6600 athletes and officials during GC2018. Also incorporated is 7.3 hectares of green and open space including a community park and extensive landscaped areas.

Construction of the Commonwealth Games Village will inject $550 million into the local economy and 1500 jobs throughout design and construction. Grocon expect there will be up to 1000 workers on site at the height of construction in late 2016 and a total of 10,000 workers are expected to play a role throughout construction.

Parklands Redevelopment Works By Grocon

Private Developer Grocon commenced early works on the Parklands site in August 2014 and construction commenced in August 2015. The site will be handed over to GOLDOC in October 2017 to be transformed into the Commonwealth Games Village.

After GC2018, Grocon will prepare the development for a mixed-use residential community including one and two bedroom apartments and three bedroom townhouses that will become available for public rent and possible purchase from early 2019.

Legacy Of The Commonwealth Games Village

The redevelopment of Parklands in Southport, is one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. After GC2018, the Parklands redevelopment will provide significant legacy infrastructure for a modern, mixed-used community which includes apartments, townhouses and a new business hub for health and knowledge, commercial and retail use.

Construction June 2015

The village development will occupy seven hectares of the Parklands site and a further seven hectares will be dedicated to parks and open space.

The balance of land will be held by the State for the ‘future health and knowledge development’ that integrates within the existing multi-billion dollar Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

Site works June 2016


Published in The Urban Developer; 16th August 2016

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