The redevelopment will enable Queensland Ballet to accommodate a larger ensemble of dancers, expand dancer training programs and enhance community initiatives. Managing Director of Conrad Gargett Lawrence Toaldo said the firm is honoured to be appointed for the redevelopment.
“We are working closely with the company to enrich the historic Thomas Dixon Centre, which will enable Queensland Ballet to further expand and shine on the global stage,” Lawrence said.
“It is proposed that the existing space will be renovated and extended to provide additional facilities and functions for the company, ballet patrons and enable engagement with the wider community.”
The heritage-listed Thomas Dixon Centre was originally constructed as a shoe factory in 1908. It was purchased by the Queensland Government, and refurbished as a centre for dance and arts in 1991. The design of the refurbishment and extensions will embody the vision for Queensland Ballet, providing new world-class facilities for the company, including updated studios and the addition of a Performance Studio and Wellness Centre.
The new additions will be set back from the heritage building, creating a new central promenade arrival and circulation space. This space will be a focal point for Queensland Ballet and the ballet community as a foyer to the new Performance Studio. The community will also have a window into the ballet’s production through displays of costumes and interpretive artworks.
Conrad Gargett is one of the most experienced heritage architectural practices in Australia having completed the restoration, refurbishment and re-purposing of some of the country’s most prominent heritage-listed buildings
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