Stea won this commission in an anonymous design competition against four national firms. The completed 1100 seat theatre won an Australian Institute of Architects State Award and was heralded in the theatrical press as one of the best regional theatres.
Our masterplan for the Casino Civic Hall incorporated comprehensive public consultation, identification of the possible uses for the underutilised facility, and the comprehensive upgrade of all functional components of the building in line with current statutory requirements and industry expectations for a commercially successful operation.
Subsequent to STEA’s suggestion to locate of the Community Resilience & Innovation Hub over the existing carpark, Council decided to incorporate these facilities within a redevelopment of the council’s chambers.
To supplement the natural lighting and ventilation inherent in our design we incorporated a fully computerised building management system. Extensive analysis demonstrated a return period of less than four years for the required capital investment.
This project encompassed the refurbishment of a CBD building, donated to Mackay Regional Council, to accommodate a new, state of the art city library.
The flexibility of the internal layout is maximised through a large open space surrounded by quiet areas, study rooms, booth seating, a young adults area, a children’s space and a special heritage display.
This 2014 project includes training, administration and recreational facilities for an indigenous community organisation.
Following an initial brief to expand the gaming and dining areas we conducted a review of future development options to ensure our final design was consistent with the club’s long-term requirements. This lead to the inclusion of a northern deck integrating play areas with the internal club and a new high-level roof with extensive glazing to the north.
We won this commission despite being the only respondent not to submit the requested design with our tender. Instead we submitted a comprehensive methodology that explained how we would go about designing an educational facility that would comprehensively meet all of council’s requirements and provide the most economic solution.