Hot Tomato House
Hot Tomato House on High Street has been home to the Gold Coast radio station 102.9 Hot Tomato since it launched onto Gold Coast airwaves on August 1st 2003. Previously the location for Prime TV and Seven News Brisbane’s Gold Coast Bureau, the building was no stranger to media.
The transformation into 102.9 Hot Tomato commenced in March 2003 and in recognition of the outstanding work undertaken by David Cooney Construction, it was awarded the 2004 Master Builders Award for Housing & Construction Refurbishment / Renovation ($2 million-$10 million category).
Whilst a few sites were initially considered, the High Street location was ultimately chosen for its floor-to-ceiling height that could accommodate the in-ceiling air-conditioning necessary to keep all the broadcast equipment at optimum temperatures for operation. Its proximity to the traditional business, health and law heart of the Gold Coast was also an attractant.
The site’s pre-existing generator and tower linking the station to Mount Tambourine’s transmitter is still used today. The television studios were demolished to make way for the two state-of-the art on-air studios, news booth, news edit area and production studios, from which the station now generates over 100 hours of local programming each week.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE
Visit BreastScreen Queensland, on Level 1 of Hot Tomato House. From 8am-2pm, visitors can make a back of house tour and see the x-ray equipment.
10.00am – 2.00pm
NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Guided and self-guided tours. Experience all the fun of an outside broadcast while you admire thoroughly modern Hot Tomato House or join a guided studio tour for groups of up to 20, leaving every 10 minutes.
Commercial – Radio Station
Tangram Architects – 2003 Offices fit out
Peter Brown Architects, Melbourne – 2003 Studio & Production Suite fit out