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New Performing Arts Venue

The $150 million New Performing Arts Venue comprises a minimum 1,500 seat theatre to be located at Playhouse Green, co-located with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Expected to be completed late 2022, the new theatre will host diverse and high-quality performing arts that showcase local, national and international productions to meet Queensland’s growing demand for performing arts.

The Queensland Government has committed $125 million to deliver the new theatre for Brisbane, and QPAC will also contribute $25 million.

The new theatre will be of a high-quality design that is sympathetic to the existing original architectural intent of QPAC, yet contributes as a distinct structure for the precinct.


On 15 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 of the Queensland Cultural Centre, while creating a new place with its own identity.

Key features of the concept design include:

  • two new studio spaces located below street level visible from Russell Street and the main foyer
  • transparent foyer spaces
  • a single balcony auditorium delivering enhanced audience sight lines.

Design of the new theatre will be in keeping with the Conservation Management Plan​, commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.

The project is being managed by the Department of Housing and Public Works’ Project Delivery team on behalf of QPAC and Arts Queensland.


The new theatre will be delivered using a two-staged managing contractor approach. This approach allows for early engagement of the Managing Contractor so they can manage and participate in the design process to optimise the design of the new theatre and ensure value-for-money. It also allows early works to commence sooner than traditional design and construction approaches, reducing overall project timeframes.

Between 16 March and 8 April 2019, the Department of Housing and Public Works called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Managing Contractor for the New Performing Arts Venue.

On 15 May 2019, the Queensland Government announced the shortlist of managing contractors that would be invited to submit tenders for the project. The shortlist includes:

  • CPB Contractors
  • Lendlease
  • Multiplex Constructions QLD Pty Ltd
  • Watpac

The winning tender is expected to be announced mid-2019.

Procurement for the New Performing Arts Venue is in line with the Queensland Procurement Policy 2018.

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Last updated 28 May 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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