THESE are the final artist impressions of the Gold Coast Turf Club’s grandstand upgrade and development of a two-storey corporate box facility.
It will form stage one of the $35 million upgrade to the Bundall complex.
The Gold Coast Bulletin can reveal Racing Queensland has formed a short list of eight companies which will place tenders for the construction of the top floor of the grandstand.
A decision on the successful company will be made by mid-December, with work to begin after the Magic Millions carnival in January.
The entire top floor will be gutted and redeveloped, while corporate boxes will be built at the lOOm mark.
Bottom-floor corporate boxes will open up on to the lawn.
The decision on the concepts and short list for the builder is the biggest step the club has made since funding was confirmed early last year.
Chairman Brett Cook last night said he was confident work would commence early next year.
"We want the builder announced before the Christmas break and then the plan will be to start work after the Magic Millions carnival," he said.
"Racing Queensland has cut the builders down to eight, now they’ll look at pricing." It is anticipated the first stage will take eight months to complete and will cost more than $10 million.
There will be different theming throughout the top floor to cater for the different demographics at the club.
The announcement is a major coup for the industry which was forced to wait for the funding to he released because of the state election and change of government.
"The revamp will put the club at the forefront of race clubs in Australia," Mr Cook said.
Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon has been supportive in ensuring the upgrade proceeded as quickly as possible.
The club recently opened the CPR bar which remains open at the conclusion of race meetings and on Friday nights.
It comes as the club recorded a record $1.2 million profit.
Meanwhile the Turf Club has confirmed all optic fibre cabling throughout the venue will be relayed and upgraded as a precaution to safeguard the club from failure with the on-course Tote system.
The club lost a fortune last year when the system failed.
There will also be an additional Telstra mobile tower on MM day to ease issues with people using smartphones.
View the original press clip here along with the concept drawings: http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/media/39648/gold_coast_turf_concept.pdf
Story by Daniel Meers | GOLD COAST BULLETIN | October 31, 2012