Work will begin on the major upgrade of C.ex Coffs International Stadium in early 2018 with works expected to be completed by late 2019.
In a unanimous decision Council have appointed Lipman Pty Ltd as the design and construction contractor for the project that will see the development of two new grandstands, an annex building, and then the refurbishment of the existing grandstand.
The new Stadium will offer nearly 3000 seats, upgraded player, team, media, spectator and corporate facilities.
Mayor Cr Denise Knight said that the upgrade would increase the economic benefit that the stadium brings to the Coffs Harbour community.
“Council recognise the importance of this project to the local economy and our community. The C.ex Coffs International Stadium currently injects $30 million annually into the local economy and the new facility will allow us to attract more events, more visitors, more teams and more spectators to our beautiful region.
We have every confidence that Lipman and their team will deliver a Stadium universally regarded by our stakeholders as the best regional sports Stadium in Australia, a place that drives the visitor economy through events, and that our community is immensely proud of.
We are looking forward to working with our contractor team on this game changer for Coffs Harbour,” said Cr Knight.
“Lipman is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Coffs Harbour City Council on the revitalisation of C.ex Coffs Harbour International Stadium. We are excited to bring together some of the best local talent to build a renowned regional sporting venue and recreational precinct, designed with the needs of the local community at its heart.
Our project team provides a combination of extensive stadium experience and local capability, this includes local consultants DRA Architects and Glenn Haig & Partners Engineering, both from Coffs Harbour. Additionally we partner with Hassell Architects and Northrop Engineers, both respected experts in stadium design. The team look forward to working with Council and their stakeholders to deliver the Council’s vision for this project,” Said Lipman Regional Manager Darren Ferguson.
The ‘Building an EPIC Stadium for the Future’ project was made possible through joint funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund programme and Coffs Harbour City Council, as well as contributions from local business.
Stimulating the local economy through the construction phase and into the future was a key component of the Building Better Region Fund grant criteria. Independent financial analysis of the project estimates that the construction phases alone would deliver an economic benefit of $7.7 million locally, generating 62 jobs.
The community can find out more and subscribe for project updates at: https://haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/EPIC.