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

The new theatre will be constructed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and will deliver a new world-class facility, 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.

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

Let’s cut to the facts –

Total project cost of the new theatre is $150 million – Palaszczuk Government is contributing $125 million (which is the largest investment in Queensland arts infrastructure since the Gallery of Modern Art) and QPAC is contributing $25 million.

QPAC welcomes audiences of more than one million people each year and programs more than 1000 performances.

This project is expected to support more than 100 jobs during design and construction, and will generate ongoing employment opportunities when it opens with an estimate of more than 40 full time jobs at QPAC.

It is anticipated early works construction will commence in 2020.

The new theatre is targeted for completion in 2022.

The new theatre will deliver an estimated 260 additional performances per year, making it the busiest performing arts centre in Australia.

When operational, the new theatre has the potential to welcome an estimated 300,000 attendees per year.

Courtesy of Brisbane Development