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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Regent Theatre Heritage Management Plan approved

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, December 13, 2010

    Regent Theatre Heritage Management Plan approved

    The Regent Theatre’s foyer, box office, marble stair case, gargoyles, sign, lanterns and some furniture will be retained and restored under a State Government Heritage Management Plan (HMP), Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced today.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the State Government’s HMP increased protections put in place by the Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) following Brisbane City Council’s (BCC’s) approval of the redevelopment in 2008.

    He said following BCC’s approval, the State Government stepped in to ensure heritage listed features were protected and restored.

    “The Heritage Management Plan will see key architectural features and artefacts such as the famous Regent sign, iconic grand entrance lobby, box office and staircase not only retained but restored,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “These features will be incorporated into the redevelopment of the ageing Regent Theatre and neighbouring Wintergarden Centre and Hilton Hotel.”

    The renewal project is being undertaken by developer Brookfield Multiplex Limited (BMX). In 2008, when BMX first lodged plans to redevelop this site, the QHC advised that the only heritage-listed items would be entrance, grand foyers and marble staircase.

    Subsequently, the State Government directed that the plans be subject to the approval of a HMP. A HMP is a document that sets out the significant heritage aspects of a place, and details the appropriate policies to manage it so that its values are retained for future use and appreciation.

    “When the HMP was first submitted, the State sought improvements to ensure there was a good heritage outcome,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Independent experts, Environmental Resource Management Australia and X Squared Design were instrumental in devising and reviewing the HMP - and they determined which non-heritage listed items should be salvaged and re-used.

    “The findings of this review were peer reviewed by the State’s own heritage experts at the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

    “As a result, the HMP stipulates artefacts such as the gargoyles, some of the lanterns, the paintings and much of the furnishings will be re-used in the new development.’’

    The redevelopment will also include 300-seat and 60-seat auditoriums for public movie screenings should the community want them. Works on the Regent will require further BCC approvals prior to commencement.

    The Regent Theatre heritage management plan is available to view at http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/regent-theatre

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