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Cairns Performing Arts Centre


Cultural space is expanding in Cairns, thanks to the Performing Arts Centre (CPAC). Replacing an existing and much smaller centre, CPAC, designed by both CA and Cox Rayner Architects was completed in November 2018, with the grand opening scheduled a month later on the 15th of December.

Rondo assisted Contractor, Interline, under Builder FKG Group. A large part of the support meant assisting with technical designs that were sympathetic to the cyclonic region that is Cairns.

This entailed technical designs for higher internal wind pressures and both Rondo’s Technical Team and Interline working closely to give solutions for many different wall types. In addition to this, as designs were often needed at very short notice, Rondo’s excellent response time allowed the project to stay on track.

At 7385m2, CPAC will provide seating for 940 people in the Proscenium Theatre (including balcony seating) and will feature an impressive 13.5m deep by 27m wide stage while space will be significantly increased in the foyer, bar area and public amenities.

The development will also offer a ‘blackbox’ theatre that can double as a 400-seat performance space, rehearsal and warm-up area. This in turn will offer improved back of house facilities, including more change rooms and toilets, a cross over, higher and covered loading bay; as well as providing a deeper stage, more spacious wings, higher proscenium arch, higher fly tower and more fly lines.

Being one of the largest local contractors, Interline demonstrated that they could deliver high-quality workmanship, on time.

The Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) is a much-needed venue for the people of Cairns and the region to attract high quality performers, along with a place to show off to the world what the local talent has to offer.