Woolloongabba’s Renaissance Unveiled: Gabba Stadium Redevelopment Anchors Brisbane’s Summer Olympics Transformation

The Gabba Stadium Brisbane - Redevelopment Render Main Concourse ADR
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In what is touted as the most extensive urban renewal project since South Bank, the Gabba Stadium Project Validation Report (PVR) has been successfully completed, marking a significant step towards transforming the Woolloongabba precinct, as part of the Brisbane 2023 Summer Olympics Masterplan. The redevelopment, overseen by Deputy Premier Steven Miles, not only promises a state-of-the-art Gabba Stadium but also envisions a dynamic urban space for both residents and visitors alike.

Deputy Premier Miles is now turning to the community for input on a potential new name for the broader Woolloongabba precinct, proposing “East Bank” as a strong contender. This initiative reflects a commitment to community engagement in shaping the identity of this rejuvenated area, covering a substantial portion of Woolloongabba.

QLD Deputy Premier Steven Miles is leading the Gabba Stadium Redevelopment
QLD Deputy Premier Steven Miles is leading the Gabba Stadium Redevelopment

“The Gabba’s 128-year history makes it iconic for Queensland, this redevelopment will ensure a lasting legacy to be enjoyed for another 128 years and beyond.

“This isn’t just about a stadium upgrade. This is about anchoring an urban renewal project that will see Woolloongabba transformed like South Bank was transformed for Expo 88.

“The Woolloongabba redevelopment, along with Cross River Rail and the Brisbane Metro, will anchor a major redevelopment of Woolloongabba to maximise the benefit of public investment and deliver more housing including social and affordable housing, more jobs, and better connectivity.

“We could see another 880 or more apartments delivered in the precinct alone, as well as retail and dining.

“Plus, with at least 50 percent of the precinct set to be open space and a Walkable Spine from the Gabba to Roma Street via South Bank, there will be more for locals and visitors to enjoy.

“We’re going for the best bang-for-buck and giving Queenslanders a new, modern stadium with all the finishes, because it is the best value for money, and it will deliver much more than a stadium. 

“Having a modern, safe, accessible, and globally recognisable stadium will help draw more national and international events, and we know one concert can produce up to $5 million in visitor spending in our economy.

“The upgrade will create an estimated 2,300 jobs during the peak of construction in 2028, the economic impact will flow throughout the state.”

The vision for the precinct extends beyond being just an event venue. It aspires to become a vibrant space on both event and non-event days, fostering better connectivity, sustainability, and increased open space. The redevelopment will encompass a diverse mix of uses, including commercial and retail opportunities, hotels, and residential spaces, with at least 20 percent dedicated to social and affordable housing.

The comprehensive PVR details the complete deconstruction and rebuilding of The Gabba Stadium, emphasizing its role in supporting Queensland’s long-term sporting, community, and entertainment needs, extending well beyond the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This redevelopment addresses concerns raised in the 2018 Stadium Taskforce Report, which deemed The Gabba as ‘tired’ and reaching the end of its useful life by 2030.

PVR (NEW) Reference Design - Gabba Precinct Masterplan
PVR (NEW) Reference Design – Gabba Stadium Redevelopment Precinct Masterplan

The new Gabba stadium will have:

  • Better viewing through an enhanced design to provide a 360-degree fan experience
  • Larger entries and concourses for better admission
  • Better connectivity and accessibility throughout, including lifts and escalators
  • Two pedestrian bridges across Main Street to form the ‘station to stadium’ connection between the stadium and the Cross River Rail station, as well as a pedestrian bridge over Stanley Street
  • Improved, appropriate and accessible athlete, team and official changerooms
  • Team facilities with direct access to pitches and practice wickets
  • 50,000 seats (potential for greater than 50,000 seats in legacy mode depending on the sport and between 50,000 and more than 70,000 pax for concerts, depending on placement of stage and standing or seated, among other factors)
  • Cutting edge technology and lighting
  • An internal service ring road to improve movement during events
  • Improved administration, operations and event day facilities that will boost efficiency
  • A range of new premium products including dining options, members spaces, and food and beverage outlets
  • Retail offerings inside including merchandise stores, and retail opportunities on the streets outside the stadium
  • International media facilities
  • Sustainability aspects like targeting a 6 Star Green Star rating, sustainable energy and water consumption within the stadium
  • Seamless connection to the broader precinct, currently being master planned to create a new mixed-use precinct with increased greenspace, retail and dining.

The selected option not only ensures the best value for money but aligns with the four key pillars, serving as a catalyst for sustainable urban renewal, investment, and the ability to attract world-class events. The Woolloongabba Priority Development Area (PDA) will play a crucial role, connecting the rebuilt Gabba Stadium, Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro, and the new Brisbane Arena at Roma St.

Woolloongabba Priority Development Area Redevelopment Render ADR
Woolloongabba Priority Development Area Redevelopment Render

Preparation is underway for the Development Scheme, establishing the long-term planning rules for the precinct. The community is invited to participate in a survey on the PDA, providing feedback on the proposed name and exploring alternative suggestions through Economic Development Queensland’s consultation page.

In what was a groundbreaking collaboration, the Queensland State Government and the Australian Federal Government struck a historic deal, finalizing budgetary plans for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics Development. Breaking all expectations, State Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk announced an unprecedented $7 billion spending blueprint dedicated to the extensive infrastructure investments for the games. This substantial financial commitment far exceeded the preliminary estimates put forth by the Olympic Games committee during the bidding process, marking a remarkable and ambitious step forward in the preparation for this global sporting event.

Render of the Brisbane 2032 Summer Olympics at The Gabba
Render of the Brisbane 2032 Summer Olympics at The Gabba

On September 22, 2023, a sprawling 106-hectare Woolloongabba Priority Development Area (PDA) was officially designated, accompanied by the implementation of an Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP). This expanded PDA now covers the northern regions of Woolloongabba and the Stanley Street precinct.

Effective for a duration of 12 months, the Interim Land Use Plan serves as a provisional planning and development framework for the Woolloongabba PDA. Its tenure allows for meticulous planning and community engagement efforts to unfold concurrently with the preparation of the overarching development scheme.

The redevelopment is expected to deliver a host of benefits, including more housing options, job opportunities, enhanced connectivity, and over 50 percent open space within the precinct. The economic impact is estimated to create 2,300 jobs during the peak of construction in 2028, with a positive ripple effect throughout the state.

The Gabba Stadium rebuild, scheduled for deconstruction in 2025 and completion in 2030, promises a world-class facility boasting improved viewing, better accessibility, cutting-edge technology, and sustainability features. It aims not only to serve as a premier sporting venue but also as a hub for international events, contributing significantly to Queensland’s cultural and economic landscape.

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