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Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Invest in the future in a precinct driving global innovation through jobs and knowledge collaboration.

The 200 hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP) is a rapidly growing vibrant community where people can live, learn, work and grow.

The knowledge hub is already home to the new state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital and world-class Griffith University with construction of a new private hospital due for completion in 2015.

As hosts of the 2018 Commonwealth Games the Gold Coast is establishing the $550 million Games Village through private developer Grocon within the precinct. This will act as a catalyst for bringing together stakeholders within the precinct through the legacy of a permanent mixed-use residential community with more than 1200 dwellings.

“The City of Gold Coast thrives on innovation and the Health and Knowledge Precinct provides a unique global opportunity to attract business and investment to create the jobs of the future.”

Mayor Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast

Exciting opportunities exist for health, knowledge and commercial activities to be located within the precinct for small, medium and larger corporations from incubator and co-working through to anchor tenant opportunities.

The precinct provides a dynamic location for a diverse range of businesses to cluster and grow with over nine hectares of available greenfield land centrally located in the precinct. This location provides direct collaborative linkages for business and industry through the leading research and technical enterprise of Griffith University and specialised activities and supply chains of the University Hospital and Private Hospital.

The precinct is open for business and mixed-use health and knowledge development is already establishing in the precinct with new land development able to start in early 2019.

The partners in the precinct have established a Project Office to directly initiate and develop business and industry linkages to realise the exciting opportunities that exist now for long term commercial success. This could be the establishment of business headquarters in a world-class knowledge precinct, or leveraging the current precinct occupants global strengths, and intellectual property, to create powerful knowledge based jobs driving industry growth in one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.

There are already over 9200 jobs within the precinct with the potential for over 11,000 more from targeted development in the available greenfield site.

“Griffith is excited to be part of the rapidly growing world-class health and knowledge precinct. The precinct is allowing our students and staff to train, interact and research in a modern, cutting-edge setting, offering huge opportunity through business and industry linkage and subsequent collaborative investment to accelerate the growth of the citys economy through the creation of jobs and attraction of talent.”

Professor Ned Pankhurst, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President, Griffith University

As a globally competitive precinct driving knowledge, innovation and commercialisation the GCHKP will:

  • strengthen and diversify the Gold Coast economy
  • create jobs by attracting businesses from a range of industry sectors to locate to the city
  • support the establishment and growth of new health, IT and knowledge-based businesses
  • attract significant investment to the Gold Coast
  • stimulate knowledge, information and technology sharing between co-located universities, research organisations and businesses
  • foster an entrepreneurial culture to drive innovation and create new opportunities for health and knowledge-related business and services
  • attract talent such as internationally recognised researchers, clinicians and collaborators
  • expand facilities for clinical training of new doctors, nurses, researchers, health professionals and educators on the Gold Coast.

Strengths and opportunities

  • Greenfield sites on the doorstep of the hospitals and university with diverse commercial and clustering opportunities.
  • Streamlined State government Priority Development Area (PDA) approval process of 40 days.
  • Great public transport links – light rail connected with two G: Link stations in the precinct and upgrades to the arterial road network.
  • Walking distance to sporting facilities and major parks.
  • Gold Coast Investment Attraction incentive program offering planning, development and financial support for potential investors.
  • Integrated with the existing infrastructure, a new master planned mixed-use residential community with quality lifestyle benefits, offers students, workers and the community a vibrant place for people to live, learn and work in.

“The Gold Coast University Hospital provides world class medical services with talented clinicians working in partnership with universities, business and industry – the rapidly growing world-class health and knowledge precinct provides the ideal environment to bring together all the elements to work collaboratively to drive health and medical innovation.”

Ron Calvert, CEO, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services

GCHKP Timeline

  • 2000 Institute for Glycomics established only one in Australia and one of only six world-wide
  • 2008 Queensland Academy of Health Sciences opens a state-of-the-art secondary school empowering students in a collaborative, world class educational environment
  • 2009 Smart Water Research Centre opens a state-of-theart research facility offering cutting-edge water research, education, training and commercial laboratory services
  • 2013 Gold Coast University Hospital opens largest public hospital in Australia and first university-named hospital
  • 2013 Griffith Health Institute opens – a world-class multidisciplinary research centre with a focus on chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • 2014 Gold Coast Light Rail operational with two stops within precinct – 13km transport route connecting with Southport Gold Coast CBD
  • 2014 Griffith University School of Business building opens providing leading edge facilities for business education, research,and industry collaboration
  • 2015 Gold Coast private hospital opens
  • 2015 formal establishment of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University
  • 2015 nine hectares of health and knowledge greenfield land master plan identifying end user research, commercial and business and industry opportunities
  • 2017 construction complete of the Commonwealth Games Village providing the legacy of a new residential community and catalyst infrastructure for ongoing growth of the precinct
  • 2018 land release of greenfield sites for health and knowledge activities to commence development in early 2019
  • 2018 first residents to move into homes at new residential community after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • 2019 – the evolution of the precinct will continue and be accelerated with mixed-use health and knowledge development


All levels of government, education, health and research organisations, industry and the private sector are working together to deliver the vision for the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

For more information about the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct contact the Project Office based within the precinct using the details below, or visit healthknowledgeprecinct.com.au.

Di Dixon, Project Director

Phone: +61 7 5552 7039
Mobile: +61 404 892 076
Email: diane.dixon@griffith.edu.au

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