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The Victorian Government is investing in jobs in Geelong, with a builder announced and works set to commence on the next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre transformation. 

Major property company Lendlease has been appointed to deliver the $128 million Little Malop Street Redevelopment.

Lendlease’s ‘Geelong First’ commitment will put local partnerships, skills and innovation at the heart of the project and will ensure local suppliers and tradespeople, including social enterprises, are invited to tender on works packages throughout construction.

The company will 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, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Southbank Centre.

The Geelong Arts Centre’s Little Malop Street Redevelopment will transform the existing building – providing 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.

The project design is being informed by the guidance of the Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung people, to ensure that their history, culture and connected to the site are clearly reflected in the new centre.

“The best results for regional projects occur when we listen to and support locals when we listen to and support locals within those communities. We are excited to be delivering, on behalf of the Victorian Government, this important infrastructure project for Geelong,” said Development Victoria's Chief Executive Officer, Angela Skandarajah.

The project will now start a period of investigation and planning to further develop the design and plan construction. Works are scheduled to get under way on site in late 2020 and the new centre is expected to open by 2023.