Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project

Location: Queensland; Australia; Australasia

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and the country’s premier tourist destination, the Gold Coast draws approximately 10,000 new residents and more than 10 million visitors each year.
The Gold Coast Rapid Transit (GCRT) Project is an ambitious, city-changing infrastructure project that aims to integrate new and existing transport systems, support urban regeneration and facilitate sustainable transit-oriented development.
The GCRT Project will bring together the world’s best infrastructure and urban design solution to create a vibrant and bold future for the City. 
GoldlinQ is an operator-led consortium that will provide a customer focused integrated light rail system for the Gold Coast. GoldlinQ was awarded the project by the Queensland Government in May 2011 and the Cardno teams have formed part of the major design team to deliver the project.
Cardno’s initial involvement during the project bid phase was to provide consulting services in regard to services relocations, landscape and urban design and temporary traffic management planning.
Cardno’s services were then extended to provide subsurface utility engineering services and structural and services design for the train stations, tram depot and ancillary buildings. Cardno services also included 12D modeling, fire engineering, CPTED, acoustics, environmental management and 4 star green star design rating for the tram depot (still to be submitted). We also acted as managing consultant for sub-consultants for architecture, signage and way finding and building certification to the GoldlinQ consortium.
Stage One of the project was completed in 2014. This important infrastructure project will provide the backbone of efficient transport for both athletes and spectators at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.