While shows at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) may be running at a limited capacity right now due to strict COVID-safe requirements, this doesn’t mean that work hasn’t been progressing any further on the latest expansion to South Bank’s cultural precinct. Tentatively dubbed the New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV), this is will be the fifth major theatre for QPAC, which is expected to open its doors in late-2022.
Unless you are a resident of South Brisbane, you may not have had the opportunity to watch the progress being made on the construction of NPAV. Being in town last week to meet with a few friends, I stopped by to take a few photos, highlighting the state construction is currently in. You can see my photos below, and compare them against how the site was two months prior on 29 July 2020. The most significant difference looking into the site, is that much of the demolition work being undertaken has been finished – and it wouldn’t surprise me if the construction commences very soon.
The QPAC New Performing Arts Venue is a $150 million construction project funded jointly between the Queensland State Government ($125 Million) and Queensland Performing Arts Centre ($25 Million). No news has been made public about whether the COVID-19 pandemic, which has complicated business continuity for the performing arts industry as a whole in the immediate future, will impact the funding ratio.
The venue is planned to deliver a seating capacity of at least 1,500, and is expected to be a new home for Queensland State Companies (Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre, Opera Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra) and have the capacity also to host major musicals which require similar capacity levels. It is also due to include two new studios, which can be viewed from street level.
NPAV involves Blight Rayner and Snøhetta as its Principal Consultant team, with a preview of their vision available below. Lendlease is serving as the project’s Managing Contractor.
QPAC’s New Performing Arts Venue Concept Artwork
Images sourced from Arts Queensland.