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Geelong Performing Arts Centre - Ryrie Street Redevelopment

Project Overview

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The $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre is underway.

The project will:

  • Create a striking new and accessible Ryrie street entrance to the arts centre;
  • Improve accessibility within the centre with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios;
  • Improve the visitor experience, including two new foyers and a bar area;
  • Provide two new studios/rehearsal spaces and additional capacity for more studios as demand grows, ensuring the centre remains relevant and adaptable to future needs;
  • Incorporate dedicated spaces for a broader range of creative and education activities, creative entrepreneurs, children and youth, creative and production development.

The redevelopment will enable GPAC to able to attract a greater diversity of high quality productions from around Australia and internationally and will provide more opportunities for local artists, schools and community groups.

Builder and artful transformation ready to go

Builder and artful transformation ready to go

31 Aug 2017

Work on Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s $38.5 million Ryrie Street Redevelopment will kick off in a matter of weeks with the appointment of award-winning builders Kane Constructions to deliver the project.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined local dancers of all ages from the Val Hannah School of Dancing and Karen Feldman Dance Studio to launch the Andrews Labor Government project.

The project will improve accessibility with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios. It will include two new foyers and a bar area, and provide new spaces for creative practitioners and organisations and include four new state-of-the-art studios for rehearsals and creative development.

The architectural design blends the old and new, revealing the façade of the historic church on the site which has been hidden since 1920. A major public art commission will complete the design with an iconic artwork to be created for the Centre’s eastern exterior wall.

Expressions of interest are open from local, national and international artists to create this large-scale work with funding of between $300,000 and $500,000 available to commission the work.

Kane Constructions already has a strong presence in Geelong, with projects including the redevelopment of Simonds Stadium, the award-winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and the Playhouse Theatre.

Construction will commence in September and will create 100 jobs. The project is being managed by Development Victoria.

More detail on the public art commission can be found at, with expressions of interest closing on Wednesday 27 September.

Builders shortlisted for Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Builders shortlisted for Geelong Performing Arts Centre


22 Jun 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is revitalising the Geelong CBD with the GPAC redevelopment moving to the next stage.

Four shortlisted companies have been invited to submit a tender for the project, with the contract expected to be awarded in August 2017.

ADCO Constructions, Built PTY Limited, Cockram Construction Limited and Kane Constructions Pty Ltd have been shortlisted for the project.

The shortlist was drawn from a strong field with 11 expression of interest submissions received.

The $38.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government will transform Ryrie Street and build a major cultural centre for Geelong’s CBD.

The redevelopment will include better access to the Arts Centre and Playhouse Theatre studios, while building more rehearsal areas and spaces for the community to use.

The improvements will make Geelong even more attractive to new business, investors, tourists and residents.

Construction will start in the third quarter of 2017.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said: “The Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) project is a vote of confidence in the future of Geelong.”

“The new facilities at GPAC will improve Ryrie Street and provide new opportunities for business, tourists and locals.”

“Redevelopment works will create jobs and provide many opportunities for local businesses during construction.”

  • Construction

    November 2017

  • Ryrie Street entrance closes

    Late October 2017 - Access from Ryrie Street and rear amenities closed

  • Police Lane closes

    Late October 2017 - Police Lane closes for construction work

  • Balcony closed for construction

    August 2017 - Balcony access closed to general public

  • Builders shortlisted

    June 2017 - Four shortlisted companies invited to submit a tender for the project

  • Planning approvals granted

    July 2017 - Planning Minister Richard Wynne approves project

  • Builder appointed

    August 2017 - Kane Constructions appointed to deliver the redevelopment

  • Demolition starts

    November 2017 - Demolition work on Ryrie Street begins

  • Playhouse access modified

    Late November 2017 - Doors 3 & 4 to be closed for general access

  • Redevelopment complete

    Mid 2019 - Ryrie Street redevelopment complete