Breaking ground on the iconic Melbourne Arts Precinct

26 July 2022

Work has officially started on what is set to become Australia's largest arts and culture infrastructure project to transform the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

computer generated image of a white building surrounded by parkland
Dusk render of winning concept design for NGV Contemporary by Angelo Candalepas and Associates, viewed from the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Kavanagh Street. Render by Darcstudio.

With a $1.7 billion investment from the Victorian Government, the project includes the iconic new art and design gallery The Fox: NGV Contemporary, an extensive refurbishment of Victoria’s heritage State Theatre, and 18,000 square metres of new public parklands in the heart of Melbourne.

Early works include relocating critical shared utilities and services, as well as site investigations and ground testing.

The works are vital to support the significant refurbishment of the heritage State Theatre, including improved accessibility, upgraded seating and acoustics, places to eat, and state of the art back-of-house facilities such as new rehearsal spaces.

The early works are starting with Art Centre Melbourne’s refurbishment and will continue with the demolition of the CUB building at 77 Southbank, preparing for the build of the already iconic The Fox: NGV Contemporary.

The transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct will create more than 11,000 jobs over its lifetime and is set to generate hundreds of ongoing creative sector jobs when it is completed in 2028.

Early works on Arts Centre Melbourne will be completed in early 2023, after which main works will begin.