First look at new Townsville stadium
THE new capital of Cowboys country - the Townsville stadium - can be seen like never before with the release of new images.
The final design is nearly complete for the $250 million stadium, under construction in South Townsville, and details about corporate boxes, patron terraces and food and beverage areas have been shown in striking artist's impressions.
Early works for the project were completed on April 30 this year and the main stadium build works started on May 1.
Civil earthworks, driven piling and a significant amount of substructure and in-ground hydraulics work has been completed, a spokesman for the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning says.
Significant off-site manufacture of steel and concrete elements is also under way with more than 500 precast seating platforms now stockpiled at the subcontractor's compound and on site ready for installation. Work is under way on the western, southern and eastern stands.
The western stand will accommodate the player, corporate and media facilities.
So far on the western stand work on concrete footings including lift and escalator pits have been completed. Vertical precast panels for stairs and lifts have also been finished.
Workers are erecting structural steel to the lower bowl and concourse level.
Meanwhile on the southern stand, work on the substructure and detailed excavation has been finished.
A schematic design was completed in August last year and since then the next stage, a developed design, has been completed.
"The project remains on track for delivery by the start of the 2020 NRL season," the department spokesman said.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the project would employ more than 2000 people during construction.
"This stadium is not only creating local jobs and providing a boost to Townsville's economy - it's also helping to revitalise the CBD and waterfront areas," he said.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the new images were exciting because it would give locals the chance to better understand how the stadium would look when completed.