Lendlease will deliver stage one of the $176 million redevelopment of the Cairns Convention Centre for the Queensland government.
Stage one planning has now commenced with works expected to commence in May next year, when the centre closes for a roof replacement and refurbishment work.
The announcement comes as a decision is yet to be revealed on who will deliver Cairns global tourism hub, a billion-dollar waterfront development, touted as a major boost to the local economy through development, tourism and employment potential.
Three international firms were shortlisted to develop the $1 billion-dollar project, with proposals from The Star Entertainment Group, Reef Casino Joint Venture, and Hard Rock International, announced in March this year.
Lendlease, the current owner and operator of Cairns Central Shopping Centre, has delivered the Cairns Hospital and the original Cairns Convention Centre.
It was also behind Sydney’s International Convention Centre and the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Lendlease’s Brad Protheroe says the partnership with state government in delivering the project would “create jobs in local communities for women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the long-term unemployed and apprentices”.
“Leveraging our local presence, we will continue to work with industry to ensure the engagement of local sub-contractors and suppliers,” Protheroe said.
Plans for the centre’s expansion includes a new entry, space for exhibitors’ booths, three meeting rooms covering a total of 420sq metres and a rooftop space.
Cairn's convention centre’s last major upgrade was a $10 million update in 2005.
The centre's doors are expected to reopen in 2022.