Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre jumps significant hoop securing local, award-winning architect

With pre-construction planning commencing late in November 2021, the Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre has further strengthened its position to deliver the state-of-the-art, game-changing facility, securing Yeppoon based architect, Brian Hooper as Project Manager.

Boasting over two decades of experience, working with Local Queensland Government projects, commercial, high-end residential and multi-residential sectors across a range of diverse and exceptional projects, Brian Hooper Architects is set to deliver the convention centre for the Capricorn Coast.

Creating a space that will inject millions into the community as well as attract conferences, sporting regattas, meetings and corporate events, the Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre will create 298 new jobs and inject $39.8M into the regional economy during the construction phase.

Keppel Bay Sailing Club Commodore, Sandra Byrt is thrilled to have secured the appointment of the reputable and locally based company for the Project, knowing that dollars will remain in the community, further supporting the business economy and tourism sector.

“The Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre will be positioned as Central Queensland’s leading convention, exhibition, and entertainment precinct, and we look forward to working with Brian on this once in a lifetime redevelopment of the facilities for the Club, its members and the broader community,” Sandra said.

“Acting as the Club’s representative, Brian will be involved in the day-to-day management of the consulting team, the program, budgets and facilitating qualified Contractors to undertake the work.”

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll congratulated Sandra and the Keppel Bay Sailing Club Board for securing our home-grown architectural practitioner, Brian to deliver the much-anticipated Project.

“Brian Hooper Architects have collaborated to deliver incredible projects over the years, including the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach, the Tree of Knowledge Memorial in Barcaldine, and our very own Yeppoon Foreshore Precinct,” Mary said.

“If these past deliverables are anything to go by, we can be certain that the Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre is going to be an outstanding piece of infrastructure.”

“The Convention Centre, which was identified as a Regional Priority Project back in 2010, will deliver a first-class resource for the Capricorn Coast and greater Central Queensland region.”

Construction of The Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre is expected to start in mid-2022 and be completed by the end of 2023. The Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre secured $20 million Federal Government funding, receiving final sign-off in 2021.

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