The city’s evolving cultural precinct is taking shape, with two key projects now well underway.
The new $60.5million HOTA gallery and $19.5 million Green Bridge from Chevron Island are tracking well, with a progress report presented to the City’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee today.
Mayor Tom Tate said the art gallery was taking shape, with a 50 metre tower crane on site, the lift core evident and the ground floor foyer poured today.
“People will now be able to get a good idea of the size and scale of the gallery and judging from the height of the crane, the view of the skyline from the rooftop will be amazing,” he said.
“The lower ground floor for the 1000 square metre exhibition gallery for touring and blockbuster exhibitions has also been poured. As a triple A-rated gallery it will be a stand out choice for international touring exhibitions and a major contributor to our cultural tourism.”
Mr Mayor said HOTA was working with the cream of the visual arts community nationally and internationally to bring a quality program of blockbuster exhibitions to the gallery to ensure it becomes a cultural beacon.
“And with the Green Bridge connecting HOTA to Chevron Island due for completion early next year, everyone will soon have more ways to access the precinct,” he said.
The HOTA gallery project has provided 373 local jobs and training for 10 apprentices, while the Green Bridge has employed 100 people, with half of these from the Gold Coast.
Gallery fast facts:
- The building is supported by 137 piles.
- To date, 3200m3 volume of concrete has been poured – more than half of what will be required at completion.
- There will be approximately 2500m2 of polished concrete floors at the completion of the project.
- 320tonnes of structural steel will support the roof and glazed stair.