50 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Social and economic infrastructure
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
Community Engagement update - May 2020
What is happening during December 2020 and January 2021?
Civil works to New Aitchison Place
A new retaining wall is under construction between the Department of Health and Human Services Building and Geelong Arts Centre site. Preliminary works will commence for new services installation, including sewage, water and power.
What to expect:
Minor disruptions with intermittent noise during the demolition works for the duration of this period.
Police Lane Construction Zone
A construction zone will be established along Police Lane to allow for services, groundworks and demolition activities. Police Lane will be closed to all public access including carparking, from the week of 14 December 2020 and until project completion.
What to expect:
Access will be provided only to the school building carpark and vehicles must enter via Ryrie Street.
Other works to continue
- establish temporary slabs for services and hoardings outside the existing church on 73 Ryrie Street
- demolition enabling works to existing Arts Centre Facility, involving relocation of switchboards and services investigation, and tree removal
- site remediation works to remove any hazardous material.
What to expect:
Minor construction activity and noise in December and January – during construction operating hours (7am-5.30pm Monday-Friday and 7am-3.30pm Saturdays).