Extra $97.6 million for Perth Concert Hall project

An additional $97.6 million has been committed to Perth Concert Hall redevelopments, the WA government announced.

The funds nearly triple the total funding for the project, which is now valued at $150 million.

WA premier Mark McGowan said issues around structural maintenance had emerged during the project’s design phase and added that now-funded works would resolve them.

“We can now guarantee a lasting and transformational impact on our premier musical venue,” McGowan said.

“Importantly, it will provide a permanent home to the WA Symphony Orchestra – our State’s largest employer of performing artists.”

Led by With Architecture Studio and OMA, the project will preserve acoustic features, address structural maintenance issues, improve access for those living with disability, and transform forecourts to make them suitable for outdoor festivals.

Previous partial redevelopments include 2018 improvements to the venue’s waterproofing and paving.

Culture and the arts minister David Templeman said the project would preserve a culturally significant community asset.

“We recently celebrated 50 years of performances at Perth Concert Hall, and it’s important to ensure the heritage-listed performing arts venue can be enjoyed by future audiences for generations to come,” Templeman said.

The venue received the Enduring Architecture award at the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards.

Source: Architecture - architectureau

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