Conrad Gargett has been selected 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 is continuing to realise its vision to deliver world-class productions. The company strives to become a leader on the international stage by enriching lives through ballet.
The Thomas Dixon Centre redevelopment will enable the Queensland Ballet to accommodate more dancers, expand their 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 Queensland Ballet to enrich the historic project 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 and the wider community will also be engaged throughout the process.
The design of the refurbishment and extensions embody the vision for Queensland Ballet. This will provide new world class facilities for the company. These include refurbished and new dance studios, a Performance Studio Wellness Centre and expanded wardrobe and production facilities.
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 and a focal point for Queensland Ballet and its community.