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Got an email back from them:

In September 2019, Lend Lease was announced as the Managing Contractor for the construction of the new theatre. Currently, the project is progressing through approvals processes and is currently open for public consultation for the Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID). The MID consultation closes on 18 February 2020. Construction timelines will not be known until this process concludes.


Project updates are available at: https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/new-performing-arts-venue
I'd love to see how they actually implement the "wave" walls. I'm suspecting a lot more flat sections, and visible steel.

Since Summerlands went up in flames in the Isle of Wight, plastic for this kind of job has been out of favour. I can't see acrylic being cast big enough anyway. So, there is a bit of fantasy here, its going to be the usual prism-approximation to curve, and its going to have interrupted sightlines from the support and join mechanism, and they're probably hanging curtains or skrim inside anyway.
 

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I'd love to see how they actually implement the "wave" walls. I'm suspecting a lot more flat sections, and visible steel.

Since Summerlands went up in flames in the Isle of Wight, plastic for this kind of job has been out of favour. I can't see acrylic being cast big enough anyway. So, there is a bit of fantasy here, its going to be the usual prism-approximation to curve, and its going to have interrupted sightlines from the support and join mechanism, and they're probably hanging curtains or skrim inside anyway.
It definitely won't be as simple as the renders suggest but it shouldn't look too much different. There are quite a few examples of similar facades.







 

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Structural Glass has come a long way. That looks amazing. It also looks expensive.

The inter-pane jointing was less than I feared.
It definitely won't be cheap but it's not like they're trying to clad a massive building at least. I'd imagine that making all the curves the same radius in the latest design will help with the costs. As well as having some flat sections compared to the above examples that are entirely made from curved sections.
 

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Structural Glass has come a long way. That looks amazing. It also looks expensive.

The inter-pane jointing was less than I feared.
The glazing in those examples is not structural, ie load bearing, and neither will it be in QPAC, but merely mullion-less curtain walls. The curved glass, whilst expensive, negates the need for mullions.

Glass walls can be structural however, the Steve Jobs theatre being a standout example.
 

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Will this also lead to them tidying up the footpaths along the back of QPAC i.e. on Grey Street?

Its just a little bit awful down there
 

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I just checked the Landscape Concept Plans document, and while it does show trees planted along the remainder of QPAC, the detailed Extent of Works area covers only what's directly adjacent to the NPAV itself.
 

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^^ Possibly a little, but I think Brisbane Metro might be the project more likely to address that.
I figured that might be the case. I wonder if there is a possibility for Grey street to be 'pedestrianised' from at least the roundabout near the IMAX down to the intersection with Peel St.

Effectively anyone who wants to use the William Jolly bridge could be turned through Peel street and through cordelia and merivale (depending which direction you want to go).

And likewise along Melbourne Street from the Merivale street intersection down towards the river it become a car-free region.

TBH I almost see a lot of merit for Grey Street to be completely shut down to cars (allowing for service vehicles). You can allow to access the parking lot from Ernest street down into the car park and Glenelg. One way in and one way out.

It will also ease that bottleneck that occurs at the top of grey street when it connects with Vulture street.

Dunno, maybe what I am suggesting is too drastic.
 

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Will this also lead to them tidying up the footpaths along the back of QPAC i.e. on Grey Street?

Its just a little bit awful down there
SouthBank Corp were out asking for feedback in Davies park markets regarding South Bank.

I told them Grey St activation from behind the Con to the station was a huge mistake. The pavement on the park-side is a dead zone. The back of the con is a dead zone. No sense of pull into a shopping/dining precinct, its a place to avoid.

On the map they had, their footprint of concern runs right up to the ABC complex.
 

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In Queensland---If you build it, they will come: $150m theatre confirmed for deserted cultural precinct

If you build it, they will come: $150m theatre confirmed for deserted cultural precinct
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Live, in-person theatre performances may be on hold but at least Brisbane has a new venue to look forward to.

Sean Parnell

State Development Minister Cameron Dick has today gazetted his decision to approve a rare extension to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Brisbane.

The move paves the way for a new 1500-seat theatre to be built on the corner of Grey and Russell Streets, opposite the ABC headquarters. It will also have two new studios located below street level, visible from Russell Street and the main foyer, and transparent foyer spaces.

According to QPAC, which has been promised $125 million in government funding towards the $150 million cost, the new theatre could attract an additional 300,000 visitors each year, boosting the surrounding cultural precinct and South Bank.

In 2017-18, QPAC had a record attendance of 1.5 million people, however the pandemic restrictions will likely make 2020 the worst year on record.

In his decision, Dick was required to weigh up submissions for and against the project, including that it clashed with the heritage-listed QPAC architecture. He noted the Queensland Heritage Council had approved the project.

Concerns were also raised during the consultation process that “concentration of performance venues in one location diminishes Brisbane” however Dick said such considerations were not within the scope of his decision-making powers.

“The proposed development is in response to the recommendations of a detailed business case for a new theatre at this site,” the Minister said, noting various submissions in support of the project.

In future, people may be able to walk to QPAC from the CBD via the proposed Neville Bonner Bridge, which will connect South Bank with the Queen’s Wharf casino development. Queen’s Wharf has also drawn criticism for the potential concentration of restaurant and entertainment venues in one location.
 
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