A masterplan for the 16.9-hectare site was developed following an international design competition in 2013. ARM
Architecture Topotek1 won the competition with a flexible design that allowed the cultural precinct to be
delivered in stages. The design team worked with our project team throughout 2014 to fine tune the site-wide
masterplan for HOTA which was endorsed by Council in 2015.
With 3 major components of the HOTA masterplan delivered, we undertook a mid-level review to help Council make
decisions on future stages of the project. The review reconfirmed the components of the masterplan already
endorsed by Council with updates to include a structured carpark integrated with the theatre expansion.
The review also confirmed previous business case work demonstrating a need for a large format 1800-seat lyric
theatre and a smaller 800-seat theatre on the Gold Coast. The existing performing arts complex at HOTA is
over 30 years old and showing signs of ageing and deterioration. A lack of choice, flexibility and the limited
capacity of the existing performing arts theatre sees the Gold Coast community miss out on performances from
smaller scale musicals and live music to concerts and events requiring larger venues.