World class design unveiled for new theatre

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The Palaszczuk Government has unveiled the concept design of the $150 million new theatre to join the stage at the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank.

The new theatre will be constructed at Queensland Performing Arts Centre and will deliver a new world-class facility for the state, supporting more than 100 jobs during construction and more than 40 new full time jobs upon completion.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced architect Blight Rayner + Snøhetta as the winning tender to design the new theatre.

“This stunning world class design respects the original design by Robin Gibson, while providing a unique identity for QPAC’s fifth theatre,” the Premier said.

“My Government’s commitment of $125 million towards the $150 million new theatre is the largest investment in Queensland arts infrastructure since the Gallery of Modern Art.

“The new venue will make QPAC the largest performing arts centre in Australia.”

Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the new theatre design recognised the region’s rich cultural heritage.

“The heritage-listed Queensland Cultural Centre is one of our state’s cultural icons, attracting 7 million visits in 2017-18,” Ms Trad said.

“QPAC’s popularity, as one of our premier cultural and tourism destinations, will only continue to grow with the construction of the new theatre.

“It’s expected to deliver capacity for an extra 260 performances annually with the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors every year.

“The new theatre’s innovative design will ensure the Cultural Centre continues to be a much-loved destination for locals and visitors, and that’s good news for jobs and our cultural economy.”

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the winning design was selected following an international design competition and a rigorous evaluation process.

“This new theatre will provide another way for Queensland’s arts organisations to showcase local talent and tell unique stories,” Ms Enoch said.

“This winning design features a stunning glass façade, two new studio spaces and transparent foyer spaces.

“The design also importantly recognises First Nations Peoples and the cultural significance of South Bank, with inspiration in the design drawn from the Brisbane River as an important meeting place and a place for telling stories.”

Ms Enoch said the design would be guided by the Conservation Management Plan to fit with the heritage setting of QPAC and respect the history of the site.

“I thank everyone involved, including the 24 design teams who showed interest in the competition, and the shortlisted teams who developed concept designs.”

Michael Rayner said Blight Rayner + Snøhetta were honoured to be chosen to design the most significant cultural project in Brisbane in over a decade.

The winning design team and concept design was selected by the evaluation panel chaired by Queensland Government Architect Chair, Malcolm Middleton.

“The concept design succeeds in creating a new contemporary image for the site whilst respecting the inherent values of the Gibson precinct,” Mr Middleton said.

“The building will glow by night and sparkle by day with just a glimpse of the glass visible from the city side.”

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said through the new theatre, QPAC has been given the opportunity to reimagine the future for its audiences.

“The winning design will support us in expanding our programs, broadening our reach across Queensland and developing new artists and creatives,” he said.

Another key milestone in the development of the new theatre has also been reached today, with the shortlist of tenderers for Managing Contractors: Multiplex Constructions QLD Pty Ltd, Watpac, CPB Contractors and Lend Lease.

The winning tender, to be announced later this year, will manage and participate in the design process and manage the construction.

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Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

 
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