The Gold Coast Hockey Centre is due to undergo a a multi-million dollar redevelopment in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games ©GCHC

Plans have been unveiled for the redevelopment of the Gold Coast Hockey Centre in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The AUD$14.5 million (£7 million/$10 million/€9.5 million) redevelopment will increase the capacity of the Centre to 5,000 spectators.

Designed by local design practice MODE, the upgraded facility will include new meeting rooms, kitchen and bar facilities, a function room, change rooms, toilets and permanent spectator seating overlooking the two upgraded synthetic pitches.

The Centre is the base for the Gold Coast Hockey Association and Labrador Hockey Club. 

"The original Games bid only included upgrade works to the hockey pitches but these plans now include an upgrade and expansion that will see the clubhouse more than double in size,” Queensland's Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe told the Gold Coast Bulletin

“This improved design will benefit the sport of hockey on the Gold Coast and help attract major competitions and international training camps in future.

“This redevelopment is an important investment and will deliver a tremendous facility and legacy for Gold Coast hockey and the community.

“The local community will also be able to enjoy the new facility more than a year out from the Games.”

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The new Gold Coast Hockey Centre is due to be completed in 2017 ©MODE

The work is scheduled to be completed early next year. 

In addition to the facilities at Labrador, a further AUD$2.25 million (£1.1 million/$1.6 million) €1.5 million) has been allocated to build an additional synthetic hockey pitch at the Sports Super Centre at Runaway Bay, to be used as a training pitch during the Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate hopes that after the new Centre is completed it will host other events. 

“We will see enormous benefits in hosting national and international tournaments well into the future,” Tate told the Gold Coast Bulletin

“This is an incredible chance to provide young and aspiring hockey players with the opportunity to train and build their skills locally in a world-class facility.”