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BUILD­ING gi­ant Hansen Yuncken has been awarded the con­tract to build the $60 mil­lion art gallery as part of the next stage of the Gold Coast City Coun­cil’s cul­tural precinct.

The builders have pre­vi­ously built the tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing and crit­i­cally ac­claimed Mu­seum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Ho­bart.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and major projects com­mit­tee chair­man Her­mann Vorster said the ap­point­ment meant the project at Evan­dale Park­lands in Bun­dall was “un­stop­pable”.

“We are go­ing to be in po­si­tion to com­mis­sion the gallery in 2020,” he said.

“Gold Coast­ers can have ev­ery con­fi­dence that there is go­ing to be a thriv­ing cul­tural econ­omy.

“That is go­ing to give kids the op­por­tu­nity to work here on the Gold Coast rather than flee­ing to Syd­ney or Mel­bourne to pursue ca­reers in film and tele­vi­sion, danc­ing, or­ches­tral or what­ever it is.”

The new art gallery has been de­signed with space to house the city’s multi-mil­lion dol­lar art col­lec­tion.

The col­lec­tion has out­grown the ex­ist­ing art gallery, with many pieces sit­ting in stor­age.

The first stage of the city’s cul­tural precinct, an am­phithe­atre, is set to be com­pleted early next month.

Con­struc­tion of the art gallery is to be­gin af­ter the Com­mon­wealth Games next year.

An artist's im­pres­sion of the pro­posed gallery at the Gold Coast Cul­tural Precinct.

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