Gold Coast Turf Club - Sunlight Lifestyle Precinct
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The Gold Coast Turf Club’s vision to transform its equine precinct into a world class entertainment and tourism hub has taken an important next step with the submission of plans for a new mixed use lifestyle precinct.
Plans for the Sunlight Lifestyle Precinct, named in honour of former Magic Millions winner Sunlight, contain 557 residential apartments and 63 dedicated short stay serviced apartments, as well as shopping, food markets, wellness, dining and entertainment precincts.
The proposed 1.8-hectare development corner of Racecourse Drive and Crombie Avenue in Bundall, on the site of the existing Horse Tie Up Stalls, which will be replaced with new and improved facilities to the south of the existing GCTC Event Centre.
The submission comes amid a $63 Million redevelopment of the GCTC racecourse featuring three new racing and training tracks, lights for night racing and a new tunnel for racehorse access to the racetrack.
GCTC CEO Steve Lines said the development was an important next stage of the club’s ambitious 10-year Masterplan in partnership with Aquis Australia, which will transform the area into a high-quality entertainment destination.
“The Gold Coast Turf Club is undergoing a major transformation with several exciting improvements currently taking place all with the aim of transforming the Gold Coast Turf Club into a major entertainment destination,” said Lines.
“There are numerous turf clubs around Australia currently developing, or planning to develop parts of their under-utilised land, to help reposition their overall offering and find new ways to produce different streams of income to help make themselves more sustainable into the future and create more jobs.
“The Sunlight Lifestyle Precinct will be an exciting and vibrant place to both live and visit over the coming years.”
Lines said the Sunlight Lifestyle Precinct was designed to take advantage of the club’s racing activities including the prospect of night racing, which is set to create exciting opportunities for the GCTC and the Gold Coast region as a tourism destination.
“The tallest tower overlooking the racetrack will feature a stunning two-level, roof top Sky Garden, with infinity edge pools, restaurant, bars and dedicated events space all with spectacular views overlooking the racetrack and gold coast skyline,” he said.
“The Sky Garden will offer a new experience for racegoers for both day and night-time events.”
GCTC Chairman Brett Cook said the club was already a major economic hub for the Gold Coast with over 120,000 attendees at racing meetings and other events each year and delivering the city economic benefit of over $164 Million (IERJAN22) and employing thousands of people.
“The new Sunlight Lifestyle Precinct will create another 1,315 new jobs during both the construction, and operational phases of the project once its complete, according to a recent Rider Levett Bucknall Report,” said Cook.
“This project will also give the GCTC substantial ongoing revenue streams to secure the long term commercial security of the club which has been a major goal for the entire board and staff to achieve.”
The mixed-use development is likely to be developed over three stages and comprise a collection of eight buildings, ranging in height from 3 to 19 storeys.
Global architectural studio Woods Bagot has been engaged to help transform the area into tropical neighbourhood with a focus on lifestyle and convenience.
The buildings are arranged around a central, landscaped courtyard featuring numerous water gardens and public lounging pavilions, flanked by ground level tenancies, which are expected to attract an artisan mix of fashion, homewares, dinning, wellness, bars, food markets and a grocer.
A two-storey basement carpark is provided for resident and short-stay use, while two on-grade carparks service the retail functions.
The arrangement of the buildings, variety of high-quality landscaped sub precincts, and series of interesting pedestrian linkages and laneways are thoughtfully planned to enrich the ground level experience
Responding to local climatic conditions, the lifestyle precincts sub tropical architecture is designed for healthily living, with open floor plans, multiple indoor-outdoor spaces, articulated green walls and public water gardens, all contributing to a sense of calm within a serene environment.
The Sunlight Lifestyle Precinct is a new place to live, stay, visit and play!
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