Building Works Update

Fraser Coast Regional Council is currently working on essential building remediation and renewal works to ensure that this much-loved cultural asset will be available for our community and visitors to enjoy well into the future.

 

About the building works:

In late February 2020, the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, which encompassed the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, was closed to the public due to a complex combination of building failures involving the roofing system, the air-conditioning and climate control system.

As a result, the building experienced water ingress and serious mould contamination. The building has since undergone a complete remediation clean with contaminated objects, furniture and building materials removed.

After initial investigations were untaken it was evident that a series of specialist reports were necessary to develop a full understanding of the issues and the scope of works required to resolve and restore optimal system operations.

Reports from mechanical engineers and building services specialists in relation to recommendations for climate control expansion and system improvements have been received and noted.

Concurrently, a number of building modifications are required to alleviate pressure on the HVAC system.

This level of detailed attention to internal environment conditions is of critical importance to ensure the operational status of the building as a gallery meeting best practice national standards. This sign off is required for proper conservation, insurance purposes and the hosting of touring exhibitions.

The building works will include:

  • An upgraded climate control system
  • Modifications to alleviate pressure on the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system including: improved building entry. A much needed additional public entry point will be created at the car park end of the Gallery allowing easier access. Both entry points will be converted to airlock systems to support the efficiency of the HVAC system.
  • The establishment of a national standards collections storage area
  • Upgraded loading and delivery services and exhibition preparation areas.
  • The creation of two upgraded gallery spaces replacing the decommissioned Discovery Sphere and the previously designated theatrette area.
  • Planning for improved amenities at the site including a potential coffee shop and improved retail area.

We appreciate the patience of the local community and visitors to this area while this project is underway.

Thank you for your support.

(Proudly funded by Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council)