Creative Industries

News

15 April 2013

Construction of QUT's new $80m Creative Industries Precinct Stage 2 is now underway and when complete it will rank among the world's best student facilities.

QUT major projects associate director Lynn Green said the complex would involve a six storey building at the corner of Musk Avenue and Kelvin Grove Road with an 1100 square metre single story studio and repurposed heritage buildings positioned nearby.

"Studio spaces will be world class and provide students of dance, drama, music and visual arts with a level of accommodation, presentation and display space which surpasses anything currently available at universities Australia and beyond," Mr Green said.

"Specialist teaching and performance venues will be a key feature of the complex, along with state-of-the-art sound recording, visual art and design studios.

"There will also be informal spaces for social learning as well as workshops."

Mr Green said the facility was being built with an enormous level of flexibility to accommodate the needs of QUT students and staff well into the future.

He said construction of the tri-part building complex was expected to take just under two years.

In keeping with QUT's strong commitment to sustainability, the significant six storey building which incorporates significant studio space, will be built to a Five Star Green Star rating in 'Education v1' for 'Design' and 'As Built'.

Mr Green said heat entry would be minimised through extensive glazing, the use of zinc cladding on the face of western walls and mechanically operated louvres that were also sensitive to wind.

"The eastern facade will be fully glazed as will be the end walls of studios, the latter providing the QUT community and visitors alike with insights into the development of creative works," he said.

"The transparency of glass will enable the action of the interior to be seen from the exterior."

He said the design incorporated four existing heritage listed military buildings that would be retained and adapted and would enrich the Creative Industries Precinct with a sense of history.

A state of the art facility for teaching and research in the visual and performing arts, Creative Industries Precinct Stage 2 will complete the amalgamation of QUT's creative arts disciplines, which are currently spread throughout the Kelvin Grove Campus, into a single creative arts based community.

QUT Creative Industries Faculty acting Executive Dean Professor Brad Haseman said the new facility would offer students a world-class space and further help to position the university as one of Australia's leading creative industries teaching and research institutions.

Stage 2 of the Creative Industries Precinct is being constructed by John Holland and general manager for Northern Region, Gavin Stubbs, said the company had more than 40 years' experience in delivering universities, schools, public buildings, theatres, studios and performance spaces.

"We have extensive expertise in creating facilities that cater to the rigours of use as an educational facility as well as the specialised needs of performance areas," Mr Stubbs said.

"We have successfully delivered iconic projects around Australia, such as Southbank Institute of Technology Redevelopment, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia and the National Portrait Gallery."

Media contacts: Rose Trapnell, QUT media team leader, 07 3138 2361 or
0407 585 901 rose.trapnell@qut.edu.au

Creative Industries Faculty acting Executive Dean Professor Brad Haseman,QUT Chancellor Tim Fairfax and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake turn the soil to mark construction of QUT's Creative Industries Precinct Stage 2.

Contacts

Creative Industries Faculty

  • Postal address:
    QUT Creative Industries Faculty
    Musk Ave
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059