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Key details

Location 
50 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Policy objective 
Social and economic infrastructure  

Clients
Creative Victoria
Geelong Arts Centre
Regional Development Victoria

Overview

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

Outcomes

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. 

Location

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

Email: media@development.vic.gov.au

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Engagement Summary

Placemaking and user experience planning 

The Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street Redevelopment has been exploring your views about the precinct today and what you would like to see at Geelong Arts Centre in the future.

740 respondents to an online survey

3 visioning workshops – 1 in person, 2 online

4 online round table discussions

  • Government
  • Geelong Arts Centre staff
  • Artists and hirers
  • Traditional Owners
  • First Nations people
  • Geelong businesses
  • Geelong community
  • Visitors to Geelong
  • Lively public spaces
  • Exceptional food and beverage offerings
  • A diverse program of performances
  • A place to meet and socialise
  • Access and inclusion for everyone
  • A showcase for local talent
  • An international platform for design and events
  • Real connections with Aboriginal culture
  • Better connections to the street and precinct
  • Vibrant and exciting
  • Buzzing with activity day and night
  • A celebration of the creative spirit
  • Bold and inspiring
  • A culturally safe and welcoming place

“I see the centre as a social and cultural touchpoint for Geelong.”

“More Aboriginal culture, opportunities to engage with history, new and old stories, and artforms.”

“A more inviting outdoor space and cafe area for meetings and social catchups.”

“Talks on the arts, free activities for young people. Discussion groups or social activities for arts lovers to meet each other and learn more.”

“I want to see a broader range of community members attending events and feeling welcomed.”

“It would be wonderful to have arts-centred alfresco dining, bars and cafes spilling out onto the mall to create more of a buzz in the area.”

“I think it would be good to bring more of the public 'in'. It would be good if there was a window/or area at ground level that performers (and patrons) could feel like they were both inside and out.”

Construction updates

What's happening between August and September?

Construction progressing as new tower crane starts work
Construction of basement and foundations

Construction is progressing on building the new foundations and basement.

Excavators will be actively removing spoil and work is underway to install new underground drainage and services.

Crews will be pouring concrete throughout August and September to establish the new building’s foundations.

What to expect

Machinery and equipment will be operating each day on site. Works will involve trucks loading extracted material. There will be some pumping noises during concrete pours.

Tower crane now on site

The large tower crane that will be instrumental in construction of the new building, is now on site and will be operating each day for the next few months.

Precast concrete facade to Police Lane

In early September precast concrete wall panels will be installed in Police Lane. These panels will form the new building façade along Police Lane.

What to expect

To ensure safety during the installation of the panels, there will be some changes to pedestrian access on Police Lane. Please follow signage and work crews’ direction during these periods.

Superstructure works

Towards late August (subject to basement construction works), superstructure works will commence which will involve the construction of the new Arts Centre building. The structure comprises of in-situ concrete elements, precast panels and structural steel. It will be erected progressively between August and early 2022.

What to expect

Machinery and equipment will be operating daily (drilling, power saws etc.) and regular concrete pours. A combination of tower crane and mobile cranes will be used during construction. The loading bay on Little Malop Street will also be frequently used for deliveries.

Construction activity

What to expect

There will be a range of construction activity and noise during August and September. Crews will be operating onsite between 7:00am-5.30pm Monday-Friday and 7:00am-3.30pm Saturdays.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact: gac.stage3@development.vic.gov.au

What is happening between May & July?

Basement Construction Works – Piling foundations and basement retention walls

Construction of new building basement and foundations. During this period there will be two drilling rigs on site to complete piling works as part of the new basement retention and foundations. Excavators will also be continuously operating loading out soil and materials from site. Concrete pours to the new piling foundation and basement retention walls will also occur intermittently throughout the coming months.

What to expect:

Expect noise and vibration from the drilling rig(s) as they create holes for the piles, traffic movement from trucks loading extracted material/soil out of the site, and noise from concrete pumping machinery during regular concrete pours.

Building foundations to Police Lane 

Construction of new building foundations to Police Lane. Expect intermittent noise from plant, equipment and concrete trucks.

What to expect:

Noise and vibration from trucks loading extracted material out of the site and regular concrete pours.

Services installation works

Services installation works continue to Police Lane and Aitchison Place. 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.

Operating Hours - What to expect:

Moderate construction activity and noise in May to July – during construction operating hours (7am-5.30pm Monday-Friday and 7am-3.30pm Saturdays).

All public enquiries to be directed to gac.stage3@development.vic.gov.au 

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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Updated on 11 October 2021