Creating better experiences for our guests

Redland City Council is excited to update that RPAC has been progressing work on a facelift this year following successfully securing 1.9 million in funding from the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia. Funding was also received from State and Local Government to scope refurbishment and re-purposing of existing infrastructure in the RPAC Complex. 

Stage 1 Redevelopment

As part of Stage 1 Redevelopment, the cul-de-sac area in Middle Street has been reconfigured to create a drop-off zone with seating being installed in front of RPAC. Upgrades have also been made to the footpath and lighting in this area. These upgrades are improving safety, amenity and accessibility for all who visit the centre. Two extra disability car parks have also been added as part of this work.

RPAC Stage 1 Redevelopment - schematic of the external works. Download detailed plan HERE

RPAC’s own coffee service is now brewing every weekday from 7:30am – noon, with additional times during performances and shows. Encore COFFEE brings barista coffee for our guests to enjoy before or after a show. We will also be able to extend the range of items available for sale through the café with its new location, so you can look forward to a new menu coming soon. 

Initial works commenced on 27 March 2023 and are expected to be completed end February 2024, due to supply and contractor scheduling, and remains subject to weather conditions for full completion.

We love welcoming our guests to RPAC and these upgrades are not expected to seriously impact any of our scheduled shows. The RPAC car park will remain open throughout this work, with vehicle movements controlled by traffic controllers where necessary.  Safety will remain of paramount importance, so please take note of any communications and signage that will direct you.

For further details of the current upgrades click on the '+' below. 

The works include the following:

  • creating a permanent drop-off zone in front of RPAC
  • installing a concrete a seating wall and garden beds with feature lighting adjacent to this area
  • upgrading the footpath and lighting
  • upgrading the pedestrian crossing to provide better access linking RPAC and Cleveland Magistrates Court
  • addition of two extra disability car parks and one extra street parking bay
  • asphalt road resurfacing
  • upgrades to the existing stormwater infrastructure.

These works will improve safety and accessibility for all who visit the centre.

Download PDF HERE

Stage 1 Design

As part of Stage 1, local project management and engineering consultancy company xburo and Anna O’Gorman Architects were engaged to progress other exciting upgrades in the Piazza area. Stage 1 Design included scoping improvements to the Concert Hall entrance, and the addition of a covered outdoor area and permanent seating in the Forecourt.

Future Plans - Upgrade to Forecourt

This is just the first stage of 'Creating a Better RPAC' and a number of other exciting upgrades are proposed for RPAC, subject to Council prioritisation and funding opportunities. 

These include a revitalised entrance, a covered outdoor area and permanent seating in the Forecourt. 

Design/artistic renders of some of these concepts developed by Anna O’Gorman Architects are below.


Additional concept design work completed by Archipelago Architectsfor Stage 2 Building Master Plan Study was completed in October 2023, results from these works will be utilised in discussions for strategic planning and effective budgetary asks related to revitalisation works within for the future of the venue.