Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate believes "Our city's come to an age now that really we've got to have a cultural precinct in time for the Commonwealth Games, and I want to put our culture on show to the rest of the world as well."
The precinct will include significant civic space and a green bridge linking Chevron Island, a new arts museum, a living arts centre and stunning outdoor gardens for arts and cultural events, performances and community activity. "This will include both indoor and outdoor performance spaces and we'll take advantage of everything that is quintessential Gold Coast," says Tate.
Evandale has been identified as the preferred location of the new cultural precinct, due to its proximity to public transport and attractive waterfront and green areas.
The competition commences in March 2013 and multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to participate in the three phase competition.
• Phase one: Two-stage design competition (March-September 2013).
This starts with an open invitation to participate and leads to the shortlisting of up to three teams, each of which will be asked to submit a detailed concept design. A winner will be chosen at the end of Phase one, based on the best submitted design proposal.
• Phase two: Preliminary design.
The winning designer in association with the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct project team will explore and refine the opportunities of the winning concept design. This period will include community consultation, commercial analysis and budget planning.
• Phase three: Project delivery.
This includes detailed design and documentation, leading ultimately to the delivery of the project.
Up to three teams will be shortlisted and paid $250,000 each to embark on detailed concept design in response to a design brief. The prize for the winner of the design competition is a contract to deliver subsequent design services towards the realisation of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.
The Gold Coast City Council is embarking on an exciting new project for the area, that will create a focal point for arts and culture, a sense of community, a space for locals and an attraction to tourist.
Details on competition entry can be found on the newly designed website which provides information on project background, plans, reports, ideas and news.