Great Barrier Reef Arena
With a desire to grow their existing footprint, Harrup Park Country Club had visionary plans to build on their capacity to host major sporting and community-based events, particularly in the Cricket and AFL realm. With master planning of the Great Barrier Reef Arena commencing in 2017, the club began the long journey of funding, design, approvals and procurement. Fast forward 6 years later, construction has now reached completion on this world-class sport, entertainment and leisure destination.
Appointed as Managing Contractor once funding was secured, Paynters were engaged by Harrup Park, joining forces with the team at Tango Projects (Superintendent/Project Manager) and Cox Architecture to bring this arena to life. With the development receiving joint funding from the Federal Government, Queensland Government and Mackay Cricket Association, navigating venue requirements with Cricket Australia, AFL, broadcasters and events producers was a crucial piece of the project puzzle, with effective stakeholder management a priority.
This holistic project approach has resulted in an elite community and sporting development, now enjoyed by Mackay locals and tourists alike. At the centre of the new infrastructure is the crown jewel of the project, the brand-new northern grandstand. Built over two levels, this impressive addition now supports a further 2,000 undercover seats for spectators. The tiered seating was constructed utilising precast concrete seating plats, an innovative building solution ensuring speed of install, eliminating the need for propping or formwork.
The development also provides room for 10,000 additional spectators, as well as state of the art facilities for elite players, match officials and broadcast TV crews. New food and beverage outlets and upgrades to existing amenities have also formed part of the final unveiling, as well as new pedestrian and vehicle entrances.