New cultural precinct amphitheatre a truly versatile space

30 August 2017

The first look inside the Gold Coast’s new amphitheatre reveals a stage fit for a feast and a full symphony orchestra.

Fully equipped to present world-class performances to audiences of up to 5000, the Versatile Outdoor Space (VOS) will double as a sought-after function venue.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said with its 3.5 tonne door closed, the stage could accommodate up to 200 people seated in air-conditioned comfort.

“It will be a truly versatile venue where we can welcome home our Olympians, celebrate a wedding or present anything from a chamber orchestra to an international headline act,” he said.

Mayor Tate and Divisional Councillor Gary Baildon today (30 August) led media ‘into the heart’ of the VOS to view where Managing Contractors ADCO Constructions will soon begin fitout of the extensive back-of-house, including a kitchen, green room, lighting and technical equipment.

“The striking gravity-defying 600 square metre shade cover is now in place, Mayor Tate said.

“Ten, 10-tonne support beams were welded in-situ and its footings buried 15 metres into the ground. This has allowed the free-standing structure to appear to float above the stage. Its infill features the distinctive voronoi (or polygon) pattern which will be reflected across the precinct.”

Landscaping, including paving, is taking shape. Feature trees, including mature Livistona, or cabbage tree, palms began arriving on 16 August to enable them to be established during spring.

Laying of the concert lawn will be among the finishing touches before the site is handed to The Arts Centre Gold Coast in December. The lawn will be allowed to establish over the summer months and in the lead-up to GC2018. Major programming will begin after the Games.

Mayor Tate said the precinct would be the latest addition to the city’s CCTV network, with 18 cameras installed on site, providing 24 hour monitoring.

“With the VOS fully operational after GC2018, we can be ready to start on the next key pieces of the precinct – the green bridge to Chevron Island and our new City Art Gallery.

“This will be a vital project which will deliver important cultural infrastructure and jobs after GC2018.”

To date, more than 860 workers have been employed constructing the VOS and apprentices have notched up more than 6000 hours of training. And demolition of the former Council administration centre has returned 1.4 hectares of the precinct for civic and community use.

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