The evolving partnership between the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and Hutchinson Builders has put an exciting new address on the map, with the reveal of the club’s new home as The Hutchinson Builders Centre.
Known as the Cowboys Community, Training and High Performance Centre during planning and construction, The Hutchinson Builders Centre is a $40-million co-tenanted facility located beside Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
The new name coincides with the announcement of Hutchinson Builders joining the club as a major partner on a 10-year deal, building on the Cowboys’ long-term relationship with their North Queensland office.
The naming announcement is a key milestone in the club’s development of the new state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility, which continued to take shape through a COVID-affected year to be on target and ready for the 2021 NRL season.
Lewis Ramsay: Powerful potential
“We’re thrilled to have reached this exciting stage of our wonderful new facility – to be officially adding The Hutchinson Builders Centre as a highly attractive destination on Northern Australia’s community, sporting and economic radars,” Cowboys Chairman Lewis Ramsay said.
“It’s also a fantastic synergy to be partnering with Hutchinson Builders, who are extremely respected not only for their diverse construction portfolio, but for their strong community values and ongoing contribution here in North Queensland.
“We thank Hutchinson Builders for their support and together, we will ensure The Hutchinson Builders Centre delivers on its powerful potential for our team, club, stakeholders and this great region.”
Scott Hutchinson: A proud day
“When we look at this magnificent new facility, our people are immensely proud as builders, North Queenslanders and Cowboys fans,” Hutchinson Builders Chairman Scott Hutchinson said.
“We’re just as proud to lend our name to this prestigious new location and to show our long-term support for this powerhouse NRL club and their community vision.
“We wish the club and the team every success in their new home.”
Centre for the Community
The Hutchinson Builders Centre combines community areas, multi-sport high-performance training spaces, sports medicine and sports science laboratories on a 5,000m² parcel of land.
Funding was secured through the Federal Government ($15 million grant), Queensland Government ($5 million grant) and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility ($20 million loan).
The Cowboys have a long-term development lease with Townsville City Council for use of the land, which includes a user agreement for the adjacent 12,000m² community training field.
The Cowboys are progressively relocating to the new Centre from their previous Kirwan base, with the playing group set to complete the transition after their NRL pre-season trial against Brisbane.
The Hutchinson Building Centre will officially open in May 2021.