Griffith University is building a new 1000-space car park on its Gold Coast campus.
The new $25.5 million facility will be built on the south side of Smith Street adjacent to the Griffith University International Building and the Griffith University Village. It will be entered via an extension to Griffith Way which runs off Olsen Avenue.
The new facility will be welcome by students and nearby residents.
“We acknowledge that student parking can impact on the surrounding community and this new carpark is a sensible solution in that it will direct traffic away from these suburban streets as much as possible while still meeting the needs of the University,” Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said.
Land has been cleared and earthworks are under way. It should be completed by January. Nearby residents have been advised of the project, first announced in the new Master Plan for the campus, and a vegetation survey has been completed to safeguard any vulnerable species.
In an unrelated project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has started a $119m upgrade of Smith Street and Olsen Avenue adjacent to the Griffith boundary. The project will widen both roads and allow for faster movement of traffic in and out of the Health and Knowledge Precinct.
Additionally, the Gold Coast Light Rail begins operating in Semester 2 (July) and, with two stations directly serving the Griffith campus, will greatly benefit University students and staff. The light rail will also dovetail a bus interchange, giving the Gold Coast its best ever access to Griffith and to the Gold Coast University Hospital across the road.
“While these are all separate projects they add up to the continued development of the area around Griffith University into one of the most exciting precincts in the world,” Professor O’Connor said.
The construction of the new Allamanda private hospital and the Athletes Village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games are also under way on the northern side of Parklands Drive.
Griffith has 17,300 students and around 3000 staff at its Gold Coast campus which alone generates almost three per cent of the city’s annual economy.
The cleared land in the centre of the image shows the site of the new car park at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus