GEELONG and district tradespeople will take centre stage in the next phase of the transformation of the Geelong Arts Centre.
The Little Malop Street site will soon be a hub of activity after the state government announced the appointment of Australian property company Lendlease to deliver the $128 million project.
The transformation of the existing building will include new performance venues, vibrant new indoor and outdoor areas, dining options, box office and front and back of house facilities.
Designed by award-winning Victorian architects ARM, it is set to be another striking addition to Geelong’s cultural landscape, furthering the city’s reputation as a UNESCO City of Design.
Lendlease will start a period of investigation and planning, along with the current project team, to further develop the design and to plan construction over the coming months.
The company’s “Geelong First” commitment will put local partnerships, skills and innovation at the heart of the project. It will ensure that local suppliers and tradespeople are invited to tender on works packages throughout construction, including local social enterprises.
It will also participate in the GROW initiative that works to reduce unemployment and promote the social prosperity of the region.
Lendlease has a long history of delivering major cultural projects throughout Australia, including Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Southbank Centre.
The project is funded by the state government.
The Geelong Arts Centre will soon be a hub of activity after the state government announced the appointment of Lendlease to deliver the $128 million project.