A new era for Sutherland Entertainment Centre is about to commence.
Reason for works
Council have undertaken to refurbish the existing facility to become the premier entertainment space in the southern metropolitan area.
Whilst the building has undergone a number of cosmetic renovations over its 44 year history, it is no longer 'fit for purpose' and does not meet current standards. Not withstanding, the building is structurally sound and worthy of re-use.
Community feedback has indicated that the new facility will need to include features such as comfortable seating, accessible entrances and lifts, and a strong connection to Peace Park. These features will be included in the refurbishment works, plus much more.
Sutherland Shire has a vibrant arts & performance culture and the refurbishment works will ensure that this continues into the future.
Scope of works
The refurbishment of the SEC will include:
- A refurbished theatre with tiered comfortable seating for at least 650.
- A new flexible teaching and rehearsal space.
- Improved amenities and circulation spaces.
- A larger foyer with enhanced user services and accessibility, including lift access and improved amenities.
- A new entry forecourt incorporating flexible outdoor event space amongst a refreshed Peace Park.
- Improved performer/hirer functionality with enhanced back-of-house, stage areas and a full fly tower.
- New, energy efficient and sustainable heating, cooling and lighting systems.
- Repairs to the current building including the roof.
- Tender - May to July 2020
- Award - August to September 2020
- Construction - October 2020 to March 2020
- Opening - April 2020
Public impacts during construction
The building and parts of Peace Park will be closed during the construction period.
Pedestrian access around the project site is expected to remain unchanged. The farmers market and all other businesses will continue as normal throughout the works allowing for any COVID19 restrictions.
The project is being funded from Section 96 contributions, SUEZ and borrowings. Council has set aside $34.166 million to plan, design and refurbish the Sutherland Entertainment Centre which includes a refreshment to Peace Park.
Upgrade will be undertaken using good practice energy, environmental and ecological sustainability initiatives, including:
- Mass timber construction is recognised as significant in reducing the carbon footprint as it has low embodied energy and a renewable resource.
- Retaining the majority of the structure again reduces the carbon footprint.
- Solar panels to reduce energy consumption.
- Optimised size of mechanical plant utilising high efficiency equipment to minimise energy consumption.
- High efficiency LED lighting.
- Use of variable speed drives to control and minimise energy use.
- High performance façade to limit heat entering the building, and reducing air conditioning energy consumption.
- Reuse of rainwater for irrigation of landscaping within Peace Park.
22 Nov 2018 - A new Era for Sutherland Entertainment Centre
01 May 2019 - Sutherland Entertainment Centre Architect Announced
For further information regarding the current Development Application and a list of related FAQ's.