The $38.5 million Stage 2 redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre is set to begin in mid-2017.
Stage 2 of the redevelopment will include:
• An expansion and improvement of rehearsal facilities
• New dance studios, and
• Provision for creative industries offices
The new building on Ryrie Street will open onto a foyer on two levels, which will connect to the rear of the Playhouse Theatre and the Church. Most striking will be the revealing of the old Church building to the street after years of being hidden behind an uninspiring façade.
The Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) is Victoria’s only state-owned cultural institution outside of Melbourne. It brings a wide array of creative and cultural experiences to Geelong and the region, and has given many local artists their first taste of the stage.
The redevelopment will enable GPAC to able to attract a greater diversity of high quality productions from around Australia and internationally and will provide more opportunities for local artists, schools and community groups.
Designed by international Melbourne-based architecture studio, HASSELL, the project will redefine GPAC, its connection with the CBD and its position as Victoria’s leading regional performing arts centre.
The planning approval process commenced in the second half of 2016. Construction is on track to begin in mid-2017 and is expected to be completed in 2018.
Stage 2 follows a major overhaul of the 750-seat Playhouse Theatre, the much loved heart of GPAC, in 2010.
The Playhouse Theatre will continue to operate as normal during the redevelopment.