Sydney Theatre Company to undergo $60 million redevelopment

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21 April 2017

HASSELL: Sydney Theatre Company has unveiled designs for a $60 million redevelopment by HASSELL, after receiving a $30 million funding boost from the NSW government.

The redevelopment of The Wharf facilities will be the first significant upgrade for the Sydney Theatre Company in 30 years, with the original Pier 4/5 location being adapted from a turn-of-the-century timber cargo wharf building by architect Vivian Fraser in association with the NSW Government Architect.

HASSELL Principal Ken McBryde said this redevelopment isn’t just about modernising the space, but also honouring its heritage.

“The Walsh Bay wharves play such an important role in Sydney’s heritage, as can be seen by the many architectural awards they have received. Our design will help bring the spaces up to international standard, but also honour the original vision of Sydney Theatre Company’s first artistic director Richard Wherrett,” he said.

The heritage significance of the Wharf and the Sulman Award-winning architectural design by Vivian Fraser have, along with the spectacular Walsh Bay location, been key contributors to the Wharf’s success.

The upgrades will enhance the theatre experience and additional works will include new foyer spaces, rest rooms, upgraded administrative offices, two new accessible public entrances and a more welcoming entry point on Hickson Road. The ceiling in the workshop will also be raised to allow the company to build larger theatre sets.

 

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