24 November 2017

Countdown to 2018 Commonwealth Games

With less than six months until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and with much of the new construction work completed, or near completion, ICN has been working with Lendlease on projects to prepare sites for the infrastructure needed for a successful event.

ICN Queensland consultant, Abhi Arora, who has been embedded with the Games for several years, said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Overlay Delivery project was to be delivered across 15 existing sites on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. 

‘Project procurement will occur late 2017, with delivery works to be completed by the Games commencement in April 2018,’ he said.

‘Reinstatement works will commence immediately after the Games, and be completed by June 2018, varying by venue.’

Trades required are likely to include: 

  • Carpentry and general building works
  • Temporary Electrical Services
  • Temporary Hydraulic Services
  • Minor Civil and Pavement Works
  • Landscaping
  • Flagpole Supply and Installation
  • Precast Concrete Flagpole Ballast
  • Shade structures

‘Lendlease has been appointed the delivery partner for these works and all trade works will be directly contracted to Lendlease,’ Abhi said.

In announcing Lendlease as the Overlay Delivery Partner, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said he was pleased to welcome another ‘Aussie business to the Games Family’.

‘Lendlease brings to the table experience in delivering projects for major sporting events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympics, Sydney 2000 Olympics and a whole host of World Cup events,’ Mr Beattie said.

‘Most importantly, we have the support of a business, who understands the end user, helping us to build an even bigger and better Games for all to enjoy.’

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, also welcomed Lendlease, saying its Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan ‘complements all that we are doing to promote the spirit of reconciliation through the Games.

‘It’s the first time that a major international sporting event of this scale has committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP),’ Ms Jones said.

‘Through the RAP, we have an opportunity for Games partners to deliver real and tangible legacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as employment and training opportunities, and a greater cultural awareness of our unique heritage.’

Lendlease Building Chief Executive Officer Dale Connor said the partnership was an exciting opportunity to contribute to Australia’s sporting efforts on the world stage.

‘We are a proud Australian company and welcome the opportunity to support our nation as it hosts athletes from all backgrounds to compete and excel on the world stage,” he said.

‘As a business, there’s an incredibly strong alignment between our two organisations, such as our shared commitment to building respectful relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

‘Together with GOLDOC we can elevate the conversation around reconciliation and create real opportunities around procurement, employment and cultural awareness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.’

Lendlease will provide planning, programming, logistics and supervision to transform existing facilities into world-class competition venues ensuring that both athlete and support experiences the very best the Games have to offer.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place from 4 to 15 April 2018.