The Gold Coast’s cultural precinct is well and truly taking shape, with incredible new vision showing the current construction works of two major projects in the city’s CBD.
Mayor Tom Tate revealed today that works on the new $60.5 million HOTA gallery in Surfers Paradise and $19.5 million Green Bridge from Chevron Island are tracking well.
The ground floor foyer of the gallery was poured today, with a massive 50 metre tower crane also erected at the construction site.
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“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,” Mayor Tom Tate said from the construction site today.
“The lower ground floor for the 1000 square metre exhibition gallery for touring and blockbuster exhibitions has also been poured.”
Construction is expected to be finished by November 2020, with the art gallery likely to be open for business before March 2021.
Mayor Tate said the triple A-rated gallery will be a stand out choice for international touring exhibitions and a major contributor to our cultural tourism.
“It rivals Sydney, Melbourne and any capital city in Australia,” the Mayor told myGC.
“This is a destination gallery… this will be a must-visit when you arrive in Australia.”
He also revealed that a quality program of blockbuster exhibitions was locked in, but didn’t want to give anything away too soon.
“I know what they are and I’m so excited about it, but to reveal it before anything is signed, it might be that I undo some of the good negotiations the gallery has done.”
Stunning footage of works on the multi-million dollar Green Bridge, which will connect HOTA to Chevron Island, also shows the project is on track for completion early next year.
“The Green Bridge is going well,” the Mayor told myGC.
“We’re looking at opening the bridge at the beginning of 2020 and that will be the connectivity to Chevron Island… It will turn Chevron Island into a creative corridor,” he said.
“That will be in line with availability of the Ferry Service, so you can walk over to the HOTA gallery and then go back to Surfers or Southport by ferry, its a great family outing!”
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.