The $135.8 million state of the art redevelopment of Melbourne’s Hamer Hall has received critical acclaim across the globe since it reopened its doors in July 2012.
In September 2008 the Victorian Government announced a multi-million dollar overhaul of Hamer Hall as the first stage of the Southbank Cultural Precinct redevelopment project. This followed the Government’s $5 million commitment to develop a masterplan for the Southbank Precinct in 2006.
Built in 1982, Hamer Hall was in desperate need of an upgrade to keep pace with industry standards and expectations. Following a two year restoration, Hamer Hall now boasts an enhanced experience for audiences and performers through improved acoustics, box office facilities, pedestrian circulation, staging systems and auditorium seating.
The redevelopment included:
- new and expanded foyer spaces
- new connections with the city, St Kilda Road and the river with new stairs and improved disability access, escalators and lifts
- improved acoustics, new auditorium seating and cutting edge staging systems and technology
- innovative approaches to sustainability including power generation and waste and water management.
In December 2011 Hamer Hall received a further $7.3 million to cover the purchase and fit-out of new equipment to bring it right into the 21st century. This funding brought the total project budget to $135.8 million, from the original $128.5 million.
The project was managed under an alliance between Arts Victoria, Major Projects Victoria, the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Baulderstone, and ARM Architecture – the first building alliance in Victoria, and only the second in Australia.
Southbank Cultural Precinct redevelopment
The Southbank Cultural Precinct redevelopment masterplan outlined a vision for the modernisation of the Arts Centre, a proposed new pedestrian promenade over Sturt Street, a major new plaza and other new and revitalised public spaces.
The Southbank Cultural Precinct redevelopment delivered a modernised Arts Centre and infrastructure that will create a destination connecting people to the arts and the arts to people.
This master planning work for Southbank has contributed to the release of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint released in February 2014.