The largest regional cultural center reaches new heights

The Victorian Government is continuing with the delivery of Australia’s largest regional arts centre, with workers celebrating a key milestone in the historic Geelong Arts Center project.

The $140 million redevelopment of Little Malop Street puts Geelong front and center with local partnerships, skills, innovation and jobs at the heart of the project, as builders have today placed the last beam on the four-story structure.

Work by contractor Lendlease will continue apace with the completion of the ‘infill’ and the historic project on track for completion by the end of 2023. The project will create over 600 jobs during construction, with over of one in three workers who have contributed to date. originally from the Geelong area.

Designed by award-winning Victorian architects ARM in conjunction with an extended design team, over 145,000 hours of work will have been completed when the Centre’s two new theatres, outdoor atrium and dining rooms open to the public. New back-of-house and administration facilities will also be created.

The expanded, state-of-the-art center is expected to create up to 300 permanent jobs in the region, in the arts and tourism sectors.

The redevelopment of Little Malop Street is the biggest step in the transformation of Geelong Arts Centre, following the refurbishment of the Playhouse Theater in 2010 and the $38.5 million redevelopment of Ryrie Street, completed in 2019.

Funded by the Government of Victoria, the project is delivered through a partnership between the Geelong Arts Centre, Creative Victoria, Development Victoria and Lendlease.

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