Heritage-Listed Ballet Centre on Stage for Redevelopment


The Queensland Ballet’s heritage-listed Thomas Dixon Centre in West End is on display for public consultation as it gears up for a major face-lift.

The proposed redevelopment will involve building a new three-storey extension to the heritage-listed Thomas Dixon Centre with a new central promenade arrival and performance studio.

The proposal was submitted for the project after the ballet company outgrew the current centre, the redevelopment will accommodate a larger ensemble of dancers, expanded dancer training programs and community initiatives.

Architecture firm Conrad Gargett was appointed to the project, having worked with Queensland Ballet on various projects since 2013.

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“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,” Conrad Gargett managing director Lawrence Toaldo said.

The centre will also undergo refurbishment of the existing dance studioshu and administration area and construction of new studios, including a new 350-400 seat performance studio and public studio, wellness centre, dancers lounge, dressing rooms, boardroom and roof terrace areas.

The use also includes supporting functions including basement car parking, wardrobes and fitting rooms, public and private amenities, storage, loading dock and other “back-of-house” activities.

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The Thomas Dixon Centre located was originally constructed as a shoe factory in 1908. It was purchased by the Queensland government and was refurbished as a centre for dance and arts in 1991.

The development application will be on display for public comment until 20 March.


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