Sports Super Centre

Runaway Bay, Queensland, Australia



The brief was to design and build an Olympic training facility in very short time for the 2000 Olympics in Australia on a old town refuse site with very stringent environmental protection planning.

Design and Construction

The large site buildings and varied facilities necessitated breaking the complex down into parts and different procurement methods.

Stadium Membrane Structures

Sails and steel (see were used to provide a light-looking construction, working well with the coastal climate.


Stainless steel panels and concrete-based pool bottom were used to guarantee no infiltration of contaminated ground water. (See

Running Track

The material used was Mondo rubber sections which could be repaired easily if damaged (see This sports track material has inherent IAAF approval for Olympic venues.

Athlete Lodges

Rammed earth and light wood construction were used for the upper level 2 storey atrium in the centre to allow natural cooling in heat of summer.

Gym Open Air Membrane Structures

Styrofoam insulation and prefinished metal panels were used to reduce heating. A special screed sports floor was used.

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