Townsville needs a Performing Arts Centre and it is proposed that this is most economically and efficiently achieved by building on the asset we have – the Civic Theatre and its recent extension building.
We have no modern small theatre. Riverway is an excellent facility for up to 300 but is a multi-use space and not a theatre. The Civic Theatre is a 1000 seat drama theatre but because there are no medium sized venues in the city it has to house any performance with an audience over 300. As a result the Civic is over booked and is knocking back bookings, especially of touring productions which then skip Townsville entirely.
Additionally we have no venue at all with suitable acoustics for music or voice.
The Civic has to close at least to six months in 2018 for refurbishment works leaving us with no theatre at all.
The solution is a Performing Arts Centre – developing the Civic into a multi-venue facility with a small theatre and a medium sized theatre. By making the medium sized theatre concert hall format we can also provide the right acoustics for music and voice and have a large stage for dance.
TPAC would serve both Townsville’s present and future needs and if implemented swiftly could provide venues to cover the Civic Theatre closure period as well.
Project Plan and Key areas
Costings and timeline
Site Plan and Car Parking
The car park layout allows for a 60m drop off zone, coach and taxi zones, disabled parking and 200 bitumen car parks with a 550 parks grassed overflow area. Entry/exit points from Boundary Street have been increased from two to four.