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50 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Policy objective 
Social and economic infrastructure  

Creative Victoria
Geelong Arts Centre
Regional Development Victoria


Geelong Arts Centre is Victoria’s only state-owned cultural institution outside of Melbourne. 

A clever and creative city the size and vibrancy of Geelong requires cultural assets to match the growing and changing needs of the city.

A major overhaul of the 750-seat Playhouse Theatre was completed in 2010, and the Ryrie Street Redevelopment was completed in November 2019.

The Little Malop Street Redevelopment is underway and will significantly expand the capacity of Geelong Arts Centre with multiple new performance venues, an upgraded box office and refurbished back-of-house and administration facilities. 

More dining options and an outdoor atrium are also being considered in the design.

This redevelopment project will enable the Geelong Arts Centre to able to attract a greater diversity of quality productions from around Australia and internationally, and will provide more opportunities for local artists, schools and community groups.

600 construction jobs

300 ongoing local jobs


The $38.5 million Ryrie Street Redevelopment delivered:

  • A striking new and accessible Ryrie Street entrance to the Arts Centre
  • Improved accessibility within the centre with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios
  • Improved the visitor experience, including two new foyers and a bar area
  • Four new studios/rehearsal spaces
  • Dedicated spaces for a broader range of creative and education activities, creative entrepreneurs, children and youth, creative and production development
  • Designed by international Melbourne-based architecture studio, HASSELL, the Ryrie Street redevelopment has redefined the Geelong Arts Centre, its connection with Geelong's CBD and its position as Victoria’s leading regional performing arts centre

Award-winning builders Kane Constructions delivered the project for Development Victoria.

The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Lendlease 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. It will ensure that local suppliers and tradespeople are invited to tender on works packages throughout construction, including local social enterprises. 

Development Victoria and Lendlease 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, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Southbank Centre. 

The next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre project will completely transform the existing Little Malop Street building.

Funded by the Victorian Government, the Little Malop Street Redevelopment will significantly expand the capacity of Geelong Arts Centre with multiple new performance venues, an upgraded box office and refurbished back-of-house and administration facilities. More dining options and an outdoor atrium are also being considered in the design.

This project will create around 600 construction jobs and more than 300 ongoing local jobs in the tourism and service industries. Work will start in 2020 and be completed by the end of 2023.

ARM Architecture has been appointed as the Principal Architect for the next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre project, the $128 million Little Malop Street Redevelopment.

ARM Architecture has an international reputation for making places that are uplifting, memorable and that go beyond visitor expectations.

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, also on Little Malop Street, is a stunning example of their work and their commitment to creating landmark and beautiful architecture in Geelong. 


Stage 3 of the Geelong Arts Centre Redevelopment is located at 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Who to contact about this project

For further information on the Geelong Arts Centre Redevelopment project, please contact Development Victoria.

Ph: 03 8317 3400

For all media and filming enquiries please contact:

Ph: 03 8317 3700


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Community Engagement update - May 2020

Development Victoria is committed to and values community engagement on our projects.  While our preference where possible is for face to face consultation, we are currently undertaking all engagement activities online. This is consistent with the Victorian Government’s public gathering restrictions in consideration of the safety and well-being of the community and our team. This applies across all Development Victoria projects until further notice.

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You can read more and register for updates on the Geelong Arts Centre community engagement page.

April Update

What is happening in April?

Existing Geelong Arts Centre building

Major demolition of existing drama theatre continues until end of May. The majority of the existing Drama Theatre has now been demolished, with the final areas of demolition being undertaken adjacent to the existing flytower.

What to expect:

Intermittent noise and vibration.

Building foundations to Police Lane

Piling works and the construction of new building foundations to Police Lane. Expect intermittent noise from drilling rigs, plant, equipment and concrete trucks while new foundations are being completed. 

What to expect:

Expect drilling rig(s), trucks loading extracted material and regular concrete pours.

Services installation works

Services installation works continue to Police Lane, and infrastructure upgrade works are also planned for the existing substation which may require some local service shutdowns. Affected businesses will be notified.

What to expect:

Intermittent noise, vibration and localised footpath closures.

Moderate construction activity and noise in April – during construction operating hours

(7am-5.30pm Monday-Friday and 7am-3.30pm Saturdays).

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