Construction has commenced to deliver an $80 million children’s health and education centre of excellence on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
The building, part of the Proxima development, will be located within Lumina, the Queensland Government’s 9.5-hectare development dedicated to growing the life sciences, health and technology-related businesses within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles and Minister for the Environment, Great Barrier Reef, Science and Youth Affairs Meaghan Scanlon were on site to turn the first sod.
Miles said partnering with the private sector to deliver innovative projects like this was part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
“This is an Australian-first, an early learning centre with in-house access to allied paediatric health and research professionals, that will be within Lumina at the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct,” Miles said.
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“Around 180 construction jobs will be created and when fully occupied, 900 health, teaching and research jobs will be based at Proxima, providing access to a huge range of services for families.
“Along with Proxima, the Queensland Government has finalised land sales to Griffith University for its Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies (ADaPT) Institute, and an integrated residential aged care and key worker training facility. Four further sites are under commercial in-confidence negotiations.”
Matthew Evans from Proxima’s developer, Evans Long, said the premises is attracting strong enquiries.
“We launched the Proxima development with the plan to create a children’s centre of excellence and already the building has around 65% of its space committed,” Evans said.
“The response from the market has been outstanding. We are in final negotiations with further key tenants and are receiving strong interest from other health-related businesses.
“It’s exciting to see construction commence today, and we expect the building to be complete by the end of 2022.”
Evans Long is the first commercial developer to commence construction in Lumina since the Queensland Government received handover of the Lumina land in 2019, previously used as the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.