As one of Queensland’s largest multi-residential projects undertaken in a single stage, ADG ensured the project was structurally viable to accommodate Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials, while considering the structural needs of the precinct post-Games as it transformed into a thriving, mixed-use residential community.









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Gold Coast, Queensland



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The Smith Collective is a 7.1-hectare, multi-residential precinct, originally built for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games before its conversion into a modern and vibrant residential and business community.

Formerly known as Parklands, the build-to-rent scheme temporarily housed 6,600 athletes and officials during the Games and is now permanently home to more than 2,500 residents across 1,252 dwellings, with a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses. The converted site also provides a range of retail businesses, services and community infrastructure for those working in, studying at and visiting the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

As one of the most significant urban renewal projects undertaken on the Gold Coast, it was important to ensure construction not only achieved program milestones in time for the Games, but also provided a scalable solution across the 18-plus buildings through careful planning and staging to coordinate efforts post-Games for the residential conversion.

Ensuring the project achieved the architectural vision of the precinct and celebrated the Gold Coast region was another key consideration, with a strong focus on sustainability outcomes integrated with the existing site.


ADG Engineers was engaged to undertake structural engineering design to support Grocon’s accelerated program of works.

Led by ADG Engineers Managing Principal Noel Ward, services associated with the development of Parklands pre-Games included structural engineering design, taking advantage of innovative solutions such as pre-cast double height columns, and lift and stair cores, combined with post-tensioned flat plate floor structures, to achieve substantial economic and sustainability outcomes. Pre-built elements and advanced construction methodologies also facilitated a quick build to ensure the project was delivered in time for the Games.

Structural engineering design associated with The Smith Collective conversion post-Games consisted of the transformation of athlete accommodation to residential units, as well as the redevelopment of retail spaces across the precinct, including repurposing the athletes’ dining hall into a new Woolworths supermarket.

ADG Engineers also provided construction engineering services across the project, including tower crane installation design, and the design of the steelwork sculpture and construction methodology.


ADG Engineers designed a cost-effective, efficient structural form that successfully considered the large-scale nature of the precinct, with the project delivered safely and within a compressed timeframe.

Sustainability was a key priority for the design of Parklands, with the precinct acknowledged as Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Community by the Green Building Council of Australia.

“Parklands showcases to the world Australia’s skills in designing, building and managing communities that deliver long-term economic, social and environmental benefits.”

- Romilly Madew, former CEO, Green Building Council of Australia
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