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Project background

In May 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would invest in the delivery of a new theatre on the Playhouse Green site co-located with and operated by QPAC. 

Construction of the new theatre for Queensland has begun and when completed will deliver a minimum 1500-capacity state-of-the-art theatre for Queensland.

The $175 million theatre will be transformational, creating the largest performing arts centre in Australia, with five outstanding venues, and when fully operational has the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors per year.

Design

In May 2019, the Queensland Government announced Blight Rayner + Snøhetta as the successful Principal Consultant design team for the new theatre at QPAC. Drawing inspiration from the Brisbane River as an important meeting place for telling stories, the concept design respects the heritage listed Queensland Cultural Centre while creating a new place with its own identity.

Key features of the concept design include:
- two new studios below the theatre that are visible from street level
- transparent foyer spaces
- a single balcony auditorium delivering enhanced audience sight lines.

Design of the new theatre has been guided by the Conservation Management Plan, commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.

Construction

Lendlease, as Managing Contractor for the project, began early preparatory work in early March 2020 for the new theatre at the Playhouse Green site. This included installation of vibration monitoring and service relocation works. 

In April 2020, work began to support the integration of a new theatre into the existing QPAC structure to enable a seamless connection.

Bulk excavation work was undertaken in September 2020, ahead of piling work to support the new theatre’s foundations in October 2020.

From October 2020 until completion of theatre construction, currently scheduled for the end of 2022, changed traffic conditions and pedestrian access are in place near the site. Lendlease’s construction notices are available here for more information.

 
 

Download concept design images here.

 

Latest news

23 Aug 2021

Lendlease Construction Update: Aug - Sept 2021

Queensland’s new state-of-the-art theatre is taking shape providing jobs and opportunities for apprentices in Brisbane. READ MORE
12 Aug 2021

Construction of new 1500-seat theatre creating jobs and opportunities for Qld

Queensland’s new state-of-the-art theatre is taking shape providing jobs and opportunities for apprentices in Brisbane. READ MORE
14 May 2021

Lendlease Construction Update: May - June 2021

Work is progressing well on the construction of QPAC’s New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV), supported by the project’s two tower cranes that are lifting materials and equipment as the structure of the theatre starts to take shape. READ MORE

Benefits

The new theatre will:

Meet growing audience and tourism demand
Meet demand for greater access to Brisbane venues
Grow a range of performing arts experiences in Brisbane
Strengthen Brisbane’s cultural tourism offering
Support population growth
Create new employment opportunities
Showcase Queensland’s home grown talent
 
 

Timeline

Work is well underway to progress the new theatre

 

Location

The site of the new theatre is the Playhouse Green at QPAC on the corner of Grey and Russell Street, South Brisbane

The new theatre will be co-located with QPAC as its fifth performing arts venue

 

 

FAQs

Delivery of the theatre is being managed by the Queensland Government’s Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) Project Delivery Team on behalf of QPAC and Arts Queensland.
The new theatre will be transformational for Queensland, creating the largest performing arts centre in Australia, with five outstanding venues, and when fully operational has the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors per year.

The Queensland Government is committed to design excellence and recognises the importance of well-designed buildings, spaces and places.

In May 2019 Blight Rayner + Snøhetta were announced as the Principal Consultant design team for the new theatre.

The design for the new theatre within the Heritage Listed Queensland Cultural Centre, will be guided by the Conservation Management Plan, commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.
 Lendlease is the project’s Managing Contractor, and was awarded the contract in September 2019 following a robust procurement process. Preparatory works began in March 2020, and construction work is now underway to support the delivery of the project. Construction of the new theatre is currently scheduled for completion in late 2022.
The new theatre is currently scheduled for completion in late 2022.
The new theatre will be co-located with QPAC and operated by QPAC.