About the project

The Quay Street Cultural Precinct seeks to enhance the setting of the Customs House while providing a new contemporary tropical building that responds to the climate and riverfront CBD setting.

The Quay Street Cultural Precinct development is the anchor for the revitalisation of the Rockhampton CBD. Designed in association with Clare Design and Brian Hooper Architect, the precinct will provide world class cultural facilities for Rockhampton, including a new regional art gallery, an educational hub in partnership with CQU and a business start-up hub (smart hub). In addition to world class gallery spaces (for touring exhibitions and to showcase the outstanding local collection), the precinct will include a range of multipurpose function and education spaces, bespoke and well curated food and beverage offerings and a city market place.

The precinct will include a series of roofed and unroofed landscaped spaces to provide a range of public spaces each with their own character connecting to the ground plane activities. A new connection from the main commercial street East Street through to Quay Lane and Quay Street will be created drawing people though to the new cultural precinct. The project is based around the landmark heritage, listed Customs House building providing multipurpose spaces that can be used by the gallery, the university and are open and accessible to the public.