Queensland Ballet’s Thomas Dixon Centre Redevelopment
Conrad Gargett has been appointed to redevelop the heritage-listed Thomas Dixon Centre in Brisbane’s West End. This former shoe factory has been the home of Queensland Ballet since 1991.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Executive Director Dilshani Weerasinghe, Queensland Ballet’s vision is to deliver world-class productions, become a leader on the international stage and enrich lives through ballet. This redevelopment will enable the company to accommodate a larger ensemble of dancers, expand dancer training programs and enhance community initiatives. Their visionary development strategy is strongly underpinned by their pillars of art, people, home and wellness.
Conrad Gargett is 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. It is proposed that the existing space will be renovated and extended to provide additional facilities for the company, ballet patrons as well as enabling engagement with the wider community.
The design of the refurbishment and extensions will embody the vision for Queensland Ballet providing new world class facilities for the company including: refurbished and new dance studios; a Performance Studio Wellness Centre; expanded wardrobe and production facilities – where the public can catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes; as well as shared café and function spaces. The new additions will be setback from the heritage building creating a new central promenade, a focal point for Queensland Ballet and the community, where the Thomas Dixon and Queensland Ballet story will be experienced.
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