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Ashton Raggatt McDougalls concept design for Stage One of the Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment has been released. The $128.5 million project will see the refurbishment of Hamer Hall, reconnecting the building to the Yarra riverbank and St Kilda road.
Ashton Raggatt McDougall is working in association with Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design for the Arts Victoria/Major Projects Victoria project. The design incorporates external remodelling and interior redevelopment of the 30-year-old building, increasing access to the building while maintaining its heritage features.
A new entry to the Hall at the river level will be added. The plan involves replacing the existing terrace with a new terrace that allows light into the river-level floor of the Hall, creating a civic stair and 24-hour lift from the river to St Kilda road and rejuvenating this section of the Yarra riverbank.
Inside, the auditorium will be extensively refurbished with improved acoustics, a new technical area and flying system, new, wider seats and a new hybrid displacement air conditioning system. The foyers will be redesigned and all escalators replaced, with an expanded box office, upgraded bars and redistributed toilets. The backstage area will also be extensively remodelled, with new performance loading area, new dedicated food and beverage loading dock, and new dedicated scenery lift from dock to stage level.
Work on the $128.5 million refurbishment is due to begin in July 2010.
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