• regional

1 September 2020

Geelong tradespeople and businesses are set to benefit when works begin on Geelong Arts Centre’s Little Malop Street redevelopment.

The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Australian property company Lendlease to deliver the $128 million project.

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.

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.

Funded by the Victorian Government, Geelong Arts Centre’s Little Malop Street Redevelopment will completely transform the existing building, providing new performance venues, vibrant new indoor and outdoor areas, dining options, box office and front and back of house facilities.

Designed by award-winning Victorian architects ARM, it is set to be another striking addition to Geelong’s cultural landscape, furthering the city’s reputation as a UNESCO City of Design.

The project design is being informed by the views and needs of the local community, including artists, audiences, local businesses and community groups. Critical to this is the guidance of the Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung people, to ensure that their history, culture and connected to the site are clearly reflected in the new centre.

Lendlease and the project team will now commence a period of investigation and planning to further develop the design and plan construction over the coming months.

Works are scheduled to get underway on site in late 2020 and the new centre is expected to open by 2023.

For further information regarding Geelong Arts Centre’s Little Malop Street Redevelopment, visit development.vic.gov.au/GAC