Thursday, May 25, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The upcoming Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards for Regional Queensland have two local buildings in the running for awards.
The Hutchinson Builders construction, Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC), has been nominated into the Project Award Public Architecture, because of the complex’s impact on Proserpine’s community.
The PEC underwent a complete rebuild following Cyclone Debbie in 2017, when the building was damaged beyond repair.
The new complex includes a multipurpose auditorium and stage which has since showcased many travelling theatre performances, a new cinema screen, art installations, outdoor performance area, and an upgrade to the Cenotaph.
The second local attraction to be nominated is the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal.
Similar to the PEC, the previous Shute Harbour Marine Terminal was extensively damaged in Cyclone Debbie.
The construction of the new terminal utilised salvaged timber from the old site, and the cost of construction was $63.6 million in total.
The new complex includes a rebuilt seawall which is higher than the previous by one metre and more resilient against storm surges.
There is also a brand-new terminal, three finger pontoons and carparking, with a restaurant, function centre, retail space and a recreational fishing jetty.
The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal was nominated in the Public Architecture category due to the complex’s promotion of tourism and recreation.
Shute Harbour Marine Terminal boasts high numbers to local tourism and recreation