Lendlease partners with Queensland Government to deliver Cairns Convention Centre

17 Dec 2019

Cairns, 5 December 2019: Lendlease has today been announced as Managing Contractor to deliver stage one of the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre refurbishment and expansion project for the Queensland Government.

The project is set to generate up to 570 jobs for the region with approximately 130 trade packages to be awarded over the life of the project.

In an added boost for the community, the project will deliver on Queensland Government priorities to support opportunities for apprenticeships and trainees in a bid to encourage locals to take on a trade.  

Plans for the expansion to the convention centre include:

- A new entry
- Space for 30 exhibitors’ booths
- Three meeting rooms covering a total of 420 square metres
- A flat floor space for 450 people and 
- A rooftop banqueting space for 410 people.

Significant refurbishment works to the existing centre will also be undertaken, including building services upgrades, new audio-visual systems, roof replacement, improved public spaces and amenities and upgrades to food and beverage facilities.

Lendlease has a strong track record in the successful delivery of some of Australia’s most significant entertainment and convention centre projects, including the International Convention Centre Sydney and Adelaide Convention Centre. 

Stage one planning has now commenced and works are expected to take place in May 2020 with the expansion doors officially opening in 2022.   

Quotes attributed to Lendlease General Manager Building Queensland, Brad Protheroe

“We’re proud to once again be engaged by the Queensland Government in the delivery of important public infrastructure for the State.

“Leveraging our local presence and our commitment to regional Queensland, we will continue to work with industry to ensure that the engagement of local sub-contractors and suppliers on the Cairns Convention Centre project will be optimised to deliver long-term economic benefit to the region.

“Importantly, we are partnering with Queensland Government to create more jobs in local communities for women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the long-term unemployed and apprentices as part of the project’s delivery.”


For more information, please contact: 
Tamara Lovelace 
State Manager, Lendlease External Affairs QLD and NT 
0427 226 316 | [email protected]