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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


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.

Have your say

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

Project Update October 2020

Lendlease is working with Development Victoria, Creative Victoria and Geelong Arts Centre on the Victorian Government’s $128 million redevelopment of Geelong Arts Centre, a landmark cultural facility in the heart of Geelong. 

The redevelopment will completely transform the existing Little Malop Street, providing exciting new performance venues, striking new indoor and outdoor areas, new dining options, new box office and new front and back of house facilities. It is scheduled to be open in 2023.

Lendlease has been engaged early to collaborate with the Principal Architect, ARM, and the design team to develop and deliver an exciting and efficient design that reflects Geelong’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.

What is happening during October?
Our October work within the arts precinct will allow for the main works to commence in 2021, once design is complete. 

Site Amenities Establishment 
We’re setting up our site amenities – things like lunchrooms, changerooms, toilets and site offices for our project team to use throughout the life of the project. 

Road closures and Site Hoarding Establishment 
To establish a safe demarcation of public spaces and the construction zone, we are establishing site hoardings, to ensure the project boundaries remain secure. 

What to expect:
  • From the week of 12 October 2020, Aitchison Place will be closed until early 2023. This means there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access to the north/south section of Aitchison Place from the Little Malop Street entrance. 
  • The footpath outside 40 Little Malop Street will be closed to foot traffic.
  • Nearby footpaths along Little Malop Street & Aitchison Place will be progressively closed for the duration of construction works. 

Demolition Works at Barwon Health Building and Aitchison Place roadway
We’re commencing ‘soft strip’ demolition activities at the old Barwon Health Building, 40 Little Malop Street. Soft strip is the process of removing all non-structural elements inside and outside of a building to facilitate demolition, refurbishment or re-modelling works. A Plane tree in Aitchison Place and the existing Church Courtyard will be removed as part of this process. 

What to expect:
Minor construction activity and noises in late October – during construction operating hours
(7.00am-5.30pm Monday-Friday and 7.00am-3.30pm Saturdays).

All public enquiries to be directed to 

Lendlease Project Team
Daniel Pozzebon, Senior Project Engineer