One year until Games Village opens
In 365 days the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) at Parklands will open its doors as 6,600 athletes and team officials from around the Commonwealth begin to arrive on the Gold Coast, including a 600-strong Team England.
From 4 – 15 April 2018, the Games Village will transform into a city within a city with some of the world’s best athletes to move into their Games home away from home.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Peter Beattie AC, said the Village development was a good barometer of Games progress.
“The closer this gets to completion the closer we are to GC2018.
“In reality we have just over one year to go until the opening ceremony and delivering the largest ever event in Queensland’s history.
“The really important point is that the Village has delivered real economic benefits through job creation and supply opportunities for local businesses during construction and will continue to be a driver for the local economy well after the closing ceremony.
“Post 2018, the sky is the limit for the precinct.
“Griffith University is going from strength to strength, the ongoing development of the Health and Knowledge Precinct continues, Stage 2 of the light rail will be complete.
“The Gold Coast is moving forward in leaps and bounds,” Mr Beattie said.
Acting Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Steven Miles MP, said the Village was developed using environmentally sustainable design principles.
“The delivery of key infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games remained on time and on budget,” Mr Miles said.
“This project is guided by environmentally sustainable design principles and has been awarded a full 6 Leaf EnviroDevelopment Mixed Use accreditation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) for its commitment to ecosystems, waste, energy, water, materials and community.
“The Village has achieved a 6 Green Star Communities pilot rating from the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA), this is equivalent to ‘World Leadership’ in sustainability.
“More than 135,000 trees will be planted in green spaces throughout the completed development ahead of GC2018.
GOLDOC Manager of Sport Services and former breaststroke champion, Brenton Rickard, said the Games Village has an atmosphere of great anticipation, excitement and friendship.
“As a former athlete myself, I understand the needs and requirements of elite athletes and I’m sure all the competitors and team officials will be impressed with the facilities.
“It’s really exciting to think that in 12 months’ time this place will be buzzing with activity and thousands of excited athletes.
“A significant amount of planning and thought has gone into the design of the Village, not only for the time when our athletes will call it home during the Games, but also after the Games,” he said.
GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters, said the Village is the heartbeat of the event with GC2018 aiming to create an environment conducive to high performance.
“Around 2,000 staff will be on site at any one time to ensure athletes are fully catered for and we hope this bodes well for some cracking performances on the track, field and in the pool,” Mr Peters said.
The Commonwealth Games Village will provide a lasting legacy post GC2018 including a range of housing options, retail, businesses, services and community infrastructure to those working, studying and visiting the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
The Games Village incorporates 1,252 permanent dwellings, comprising of 1,170 apartments and 82 townhouses that will provide accommodation and services to 6,600 athletes and officials.
On a daily basis approximately 3,400 pillow cases will be changed, 1,927 bathrooms cleaned, 3,300 bedrooms cleaned and 7,000 towels changed.
On average caterers will deliver around 13,000 meals a day if all of the 6,600 athletes and team officials have breakfast, lunch and dinner, with our peak day being around 27,000 meals.