A development application has been lodged by Parkwood Golf Club for a large $300 million ‘Integrated Surf Park Village’ located at the Parkwood International Golf Course on the Gold Coast.
The application details plans for a unique integrated surf park village with the introduction of a large ‘endless surf’ wave pool, surf HQ building, hotel, wellness & education hub, a micro-brewery, office, retail, apartments & villas as well as upgraded club facilities which are currently used by the Gold Coast Titans.
Designed by BDA Architecture, the proposed complex is categorised into six precincts spread across sixteen main buildings with varying uses and heights.
According to BDA, the vision is to create a defined architectural character that respects the Gold Coast ‘Palm Springs’ architectural language, combined with contemporary commercial architecture.
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The project is anticipated to become a new attraction for locals and tourists with the precinct catering for a diverse mix of uses surrounding the core surf attraction.
“The Parkwood ‘Palm Springs’ Integrated Endless Surf Village will provide a destination for surfers, tourists and the local community to play, dine, relax, shop, work and recreate.”
“As designed, the project will provide a memorable Gold Coast landmark that will set a new architectural benchmark”. – BDA Architecture
- Redesigned 18 hole Golf Course
- ‘Endless Wave Pool’ and Beach activities
- Five story mixed use commercial and retail building known as ‘Surf HQ’ with an innovative and creative industries focus
- Relocation of the short term accommodation from previous application and an increased yield from 135 units to 222 units (with a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments)
- over 8 buildings and the inclusion of 12 Surf & Golf Villas
- Three story mixed-use Medical and commercial building providing high-quality sport medical opportunities
- New events centre and relocated wedding chapel
- A large Event Lawn and Event Plaza
- Relocation of the Golf Pro Shop
- New Food and Beverage building including a micro-brewery
- Relocation of the Child Care Centre from previous application to level 1 of the existing mixed use Medical and Commercial building
- Expansion of ‘The Club’ to include a bowling alley and additional facilities
- In accordance with the previous approval, the Napper Road / site access road will be upgraded and signalised
- The approved frontage road infrastructure will be maintained, specifically the signalised
pedestrian crossing arrangements, footpaths and bus stop pair on Napper Road
- A total of 476 resident secure car spaces are provided, and 25 publicly available visitor spaces.
- A total of 295 bicycle parking spaces across the site / three levels
- 6.2ha (10.98%) of total 56.4ha site area has been proposed for the new resort village.
- Landscape architecture by Form
Wave Pool & Wave Garden Plan
The wave pool will utilise Whitewater’s ‘Endless Surf 4800’ wave pool technology and design. A heart shaped wave pool design enables Endless Surf to create multiple zones for
different types of surfers as well as more beachfront for other guests. The technology also allows flexible wave configurations for different pool sizes.
The proposal includes a premium beach club restaurant and bar which will feature a European-style beach club on the northern end of the beach, and a family beach precinct located at the southern end of the beach.
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Apartment & Resort Buildings
Surf HQ Precinct
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The Surf HQ building is positioned in between the apartment buildings and located centrally fronting the wave pool. Its primary function is associated with the wave pool which includes ancillary retail/café (i.e. not considered to generate its own demand as the use is associated with the wave pool), as well as office space, predominantly for the use of wave pool staff. Key operations are listed below:
- Wave pool staff (maximum of 50) will travel directly to lower ground for parking
- Wave pool patrons can travel to upper ground level to the arrival space (set-down / pick-up zone off the roundabout fronting Surf HQ) to drop-off their equipment (if not hiring), then travel to lower ground via the adjacent ramp for parking
- Wave pool patrons who are familiar with the site may opt to travel directly to lower ground and park, then travel up to Surf HQ via a lift / vertical transport
- Surf HQ includes educational space / lecture room type facilities where surfers will be taken for induction / orientation after checking-in / registering for their upcoming session in the pool
- It includes an indoor sport and recreation component to allow for surfer training space
- Level 1 includes ancillary office space associated with the wave park staff
- Level 2-4 includes other office space for use by the surf park and as separate office facilities, as such, levels 2-4 are considered as separate office uses for trip generation and parking purposes.
Golf Club House
Events Centre Building
Plans & Site MasterplanFloor Plans
Tourism is the largest economic sector on the Gold Coast, employing 60,000 people in 4,600 businesses. In 2019 over 14.2 million visitors came to the Gold Coast accounting for over $5.9 billion of direct expenditure.
The sector has been dramatically affected by COVID-19 with the number of total visitors falling by 39% and visitor nights declining by 62% in 2020.
The tourism, recreation and other commercial uses onsite within Parkwood Integrated Village project are estimated to collectively generate $60.6 million per annum in operational expenditure, which is expected to generate an overall economic impact of $117.9 million per annum in economic output, $60.0 million per annum in gross value add and $36.3 million per annum in income based on the combined direct and indirect impacts (attributed to economic flow on effects).
Tell us what you think about this masterplan below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on Gold Coast City Council’s Planning & Development online platform is 53825823.