The Parklands Project is one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken in Queensland and was one of Australia’s first build-to-rent developments – now known as The Smith Collective. From the outset, the developer (Grocon) and investors wanted to create a lasting legacy, shaped by the highest sustainability standards, for the community beyond delivering a world-class athletes’ village for 6,600 athletes and officials during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The precinct, including the buildings, infrastructure and open space was created to enable reinvention as a healthy, accessible and resilient place for the Gold Coast community to live, work and play for years to come. 


Image courtesy of Grocon Pty Ltd

Our aim was to create a legacy offering long-term environmental, social and economic benefits for the local community. More than four years after completion, it feels fantastic to see this vision become a reality. The Smith Collective is a vibrant community, contributing homes, jobs and beautiful outdoor places for people, as well as spaces for nature to thrive
Emily Low Associate Director, Sustainability, WSP in Australia & New Zealand