Official construction for the $60.5 million six-level “Home of the Arts” HOTA gallery has kicked off on the Gold Coast.
The HOTA precinct, to be delivered on a 16.9 hectare site and within walking distance of Surfers Paradise, is part of the Gold Coast council’s vision for a central creative heart in line with its Cultural Precinct masterplan.
Managing contractor Hansen Yuncken, who managed Hobart’s MONA, will oversee the design and construction of the 135 Bundall Road project.
Yuncken will undertake bulk earthworks ahead of the building foundations and piling slated to start next month.
Described as a “light, airy and sub-tropical building” it will comprise more than 2000sq m of AAA rated exhibition space over six levels, a 1000sq m touring exhibition gallery fitted out to cater for temporary walls, and ground floor retail and dining spaces.
- Vertical format gallery over six levels;
- Rooftop experience at 30m above ground providing 270-degree views of the city skyline;
- Rooftop has room for up to 100 people inside and 70 people on an outdoor terrace;
- Approximately 2000sq m of AAA-rated exhibition space, including:
- 1000sq m main exhibition gallery
- 145sq m children’s gallery
- 900sqm of permanent collection space over three levels.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate says the focus for the gallery is to become a cultural attractor for the Gold Coast.
“The precinct is a home for the entire arts and cultural community in our city. It is a place where art and cultural expression can be celebrated,” he said.
It’s expected the gallery will generate around 187 direct jobs during construction, which is planned for completion by late 2020, with an early 2021 opening.
The $37.5 million Outdoor Stage and concert lawn opened last year, while the $19.5 million Green bridge connecting pedestrians to Chevron Island is set to open later this year.