VISION: An artist impression of the new CBD.
VISION: An artist impression of the new CBD. SunCentral

REVEALED: Coast's new 4500-seat convention centre

THE vision for the Sunshine Coast's new entertainment/convention centre is becoming clearer.

As Sunshine Coast Council consultants prepare to assess the prospects of the new major facility and hotel in the heart of the new Maroochydore CBD the Daily can reveal what the early vision looks like.

PG International Consulting will analyse the proposed Sunshine Coast Entertainment, Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a report to be delivered to the council in April.

The vision for the centre is for a 4500-seat main auditorium with tiered and flat seating. Walls will be flexible and seating systems will allow a main auditorium to cater to between 1000-4500 seats, while a 2900 sq m flat-floor Exhibition Hall with flexible walls is also proposed.

A full commercial kitchen, satellite kitchens and 12-15 meeting rooms are also included in the plans, with capacities of the rooms ranging from 20-360 people, while 750 car parks will be provided.

A premium hotel is also proposed to be integrated with the centre, which would deliver 250 hotel suites and 100 permanent dwellings on the site as well as a building with a floor plate of 1400sq m.

Sunshine Coast Lightning against Southern Steel netball match at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
FUTURE: Elite sports and entertainment could hit the heart of Maroochydore in future. Warren Lynam

No height limits have been specified for the site, the only restrictions being what is allowed through Sunshine Coast Airport height limitations.

Meanwhile the potential for a $20 million new library in the CBD - which would include a cafe and wine bar, rooftop space, bookshop, local and family history services and a digital technology lab - is also being explored.

After three hours "refining their thinking” the council's working party has decided to push for delivery of a library which would have a gross floor area of about 5000sq m.

The proposed library would include an auditorium/theatre and house an estimated 350,000-plus books.

Based on 2014 figures, the capital budget needed to deliver a library of that size would be $19m-$20m.

The impacts on the budget and existing library network are still being assessed, with a report on the library also due back in April.