Client:Cairns Regional Council


Disciplines:Architecture, Interior Design

Industries:Public Realm, Sport & Recreation

About the Project

A hub for the local community and a shelter in the event of a cyclone storm surge

Designed as a dual purpose facility Edmonton leisure centre provides a hub for the local community and a shelter in the event of a cyclone storm surge.  PDT worked with Cairns regional council to create this successful leisure facility servicing the residents of Cairns southern corridor. 

To see the centre today, providing great facilities for young people and, when needed, emergency shelter and a safe haven for more than 1,500 people, is a real cause for celebration
Curtis Pitt State member for Mulgrave

Project Team

Laurence Taylor



PDT was appointed to design a functional and flexible multipurpose sport and leisure centre for the Cairns community that would have low ongoing costs and allow for future expansion.

During the design process PDT were asked to amend the original design to meet Queensland Cyclone shelter guidelines, as a result additional amenities were added to cater for increased occupancy during a cyclone. The centre was adapted to allow for more back up power and increased natural ventilation.  As a result the centre has the ability to provide shelter for up to 1500 people and is designed and constructed to meet category 5 wind loading standards.

Facilities include double indoor sport hall, a futsal court, health and fitness studio, multipurpose event  spaces, meeting rooms, gym, administration area and car park.


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