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The new theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

The $150 million new theatre 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.


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 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 has been guided by the Conservation Management Plan​ commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.

The Department of Housing and Public Works is responsible for managing the design, procurement and construction of works associated with the project, in conjunction with QPAC and Arts Queensland.​ 


On 30 August 2019, Lendlease was appointed Managing Contractor for the project. 

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.

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

Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Lendlease will soon be calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in trade packages for the project.

Local industry interested in supplying to the project are strongly encouraged to establish a company profile (and capability statement) on the ICN Gateway including setting notification preferences to receive alerts when EOIs are invited for relevant work packages.

Local industry already registered with ICN are also encouraged to review notification preferences to ensure alerts are received when EOIs are invited for relevant work packages.

Businesses submitting an EOI should be aware their submission does not guarantee they will progress further in the procurement process. Only businesses that can demonstrate capability and capacity in accordance with standards will be invited to pre-qualify for specific opportunities.

For assistance using the ICN Gateway, contact 07 3364 0670 or​

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