Mount Waverley, Victoria
Winner MBA National Commercial/ Industrial Construction Award $10-20 Million
Winner MBAV Award for Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10-$15 Million
Refurbishment and expansion of existing facilities to accommodate 300 students in a flexible, collaborative learning environment. The new centre is designed to showcase Huntingtower’s most brilliant productions and presentations. From beautifully presented theatre and concert spaces to professional acoustics and technical fitout, the new Performing Arts Centre will offer an unprecedented environment for music, drama, learning and personal development.
The Performing Arts Centre accommodates 750 people with associated facilities such as high level gantry, loading dock, green room, change facilities, main foyer and links to existing drama and VCE centre.
The new building comprises two stories including suspended tiered theatre seating and minor basement plant area. Ground floor contains the main stage, platform lift, orchestra pit, theatre seating, change rooms & back of house. First floor contains theatre seating. The lowest ground floor will contain plant and toilet amenities.
An innovative lighting design for the auditorium, incorporating MRS.T linear profile to house 15W / 24deg ARMY downlights, delivered a unique and very effective lighting solution for the application featuring a beautiful curved ceiling architectural design.
This project presented unique challenges due to its circular form, complex structure and limited access due to a tight site. These access restrictions altered the methodology to include staging and handover of areas with meticulous planning to ensure efficient sequencing of works.