Melbourne Recital Centre and Southbank Theatre


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The Melbourne Recital Centre/Melbourne Theatre Company project was delivered by Major Projects Victoria on behalf of Arts Victoria and the University of Melbourne for the State Government of Victoria.

Located on Southbank Boulevard, the $128 million complex stands proudly in the company of other great music and theatre venues around the world.

Iconic architecture and exceptional construction set the stage for the project, which included the development of four new arts spaces that will drive Melbourne’s music and theatre scene for decades to come.


  • 500-seat Sumner Theatre
  • 1,000-seat Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for chamber music
  • 150-seat salon for more intimate musical performances
  • Rehearsal studio and home-base for the Melbourne Theatre Company

In August 2012, the Melbourne Theatre Company Theatre was renamed the Southbank Theatre.

These two striking buildings, on the corner of Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard, have set a new standard in theatre and music presentation in Victoria. The complex has enhanced and developed Melbourne’s reputation as a major centre for arts and culture in Australia.

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  • One of 10 projects to be short listed for the 2010 Premier’s Design Award
  • One of 13 buildings to be short listed for the international Brit Insurance Designs of the Year architecture award. The architecture award is among the Design Museum’s annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward-looking new work in design of all kinds, from around the world
  • Acoustic engineer, Arup, was awarded a Gold Award of Merit at the 2009 Association of Consulting Engineers Awards for Excellence
  • Named the best building in Australia at the 2009 Master Builders’ National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards, the project received two of the highest honours at the awards – National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award (over $100 million) and National Commercial Master Builder of the Year for the project builder, Bovis Lend Lease
  • The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2009 National Architecture Awards
  • One of 272 building projects that have made it onto this year’s shortlist for the world’s biggest architecture contest – the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards
  • Builder Bovis Lend Lease was awarded Master Builder of the Year at the Master Builders Association of Victoria’s 2009 Excellence in Construction Awards. The project also won the Excellence in Construction award for buildings over $80 million
  • Four of the highest honours at this year’s Victorian Architecture Awards including the 2009 Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for public architecture, the Marion Mahony Award for interior architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for urban design
  • Top honours for a public building at the prestigious Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Gala Awards. The project won the Moore Stephens Award for Public Buildings from a shortlist of 22 public buildings
  • Award for Excellence for Infrastructure (projects over $20 million) at the 2009 Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Two awards at the 2009 Dulux Colour Awards, winning the Commercial Interior and the Grand Prix categories