5 May 2016
The $20 million project to upgrade one of Melbourne's most iconic music venues, the Palais Theatre, is now underway.
Built Pty Ltd, a construction company with extensive experience with complex heritage buildings, has been appointed to repair and refurbish the 90-year-old St Kilda venue. Built's previous projects include the Australian War Memorial in Camberra and the Melbourne GPO Building.
The project, to be carried out in consultation with Heritage Victoria, will fix critical issues, including upgrading the building's electrical and fire protection systems, structural stabilisation inside the theatre, and repairs to its magnificent exterior.
At the peak of construction, Built will employ around 200 workers on the Palais Theatre upgrade. The works will not affect the many concertgoers with tickets to planned events. The venue will only be closed for 19 days between June 14 and July 8, when no events are scheduled. Work is expected to be complete in early 2017.
The Palais Theatre is one of Melbourne's most recognisable and beloved live music venues. It attracts 250,000 patrons each year, including many interstate and international visitors. Its refurbishment is a joint project between the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip.