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Cairns Aquarium And Research Facility

Location: Florence Street, Cairns, Queensland
Client: Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre Pty Ltd
Status: Completed August, 2017
Value: $38 Million
Capability: Construction
Sector: Sports and tourism
Service: Design and Construct Services

The Cairns Aquarium and Marine Research Centre is a multi-million-dollar tourism infrastructure project built in central Cairns. FKG Group was appointed as the design and construct contractor for the privately funded project which comprised a 16m high, three level, 7,500m² attraction.

Design of the Aquarium incorporated an acrylic tunnel through the main reef tank, an elevated viewing platform to a 10m deep reef tank, a freshwater ‘river monsters’ tank and a number of reef and freshwater stream exhibits. The largest viewing panel in the building is 7m high by 7m wide and made of curved acrylic.

The Cairns Aquarium provides a world class venue for viewing and interacting with plants, animals, and habitats found only in Australia’s wet tropics; a region which borders two World Heritage listed environments, the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.

Recognition
  • FINALIST Entertainment and Recreation Facility (National) – MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (QMBA)
  • WINNER Project of the Year (Queensland) – MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (QMBA)
  • WINNER Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 Million (Queensland) – MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (QMBA)
  • WINNER Project of the Year (Far North Queensland) – MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (QMBA)
  • WINNER Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 Million (Far North Queensland) – MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (QMBA)

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