We're excited to share progress on the upgrade of Sutherland Entertainment Centre!

For over 40 years Sutherland Entertainment Centre brought drama, song, music, dance and more to residents and visitors. We're refurbishing the centre with the aim of transforming it into a vibrant space for the performing arts. This ensures our arts and performance culture flourishes now and in the future.

22-30 Eton Street, Sutherland NSW 2232

Project timeline

Project start: January 2021.

Expected completion:  December 2022.

Project scope

  • A fully refurbished theatre with comfortable tiered seating for over 680 guests.
  • New flexible teaching and rehearsal space with enhanced back-of-house areas.
  • Larger foyer with enhanced accessibility and services, including three new lifts and improved amenities.
  • Larger stage with a full fly tower to cater for diverse performances.
  • New entry forecourt incorporating a flexible outdoor event space in a refreshed Peace Park.
  • Energy efficient and sustainable heating, cooling and lighting systems.
  • Repairs to the current building, including the roof.
  • Eton Street frontage upgrade.

Construction

Building work is being delivered by ADCO Constructions, with project management by RP Infrastructure. The architect is a joint venture between Chrofi and NBRS Architecture.

The building, a section of Peace Park and Eton Street frontage will be closed during construction.

Pedestrian access remains mostly unchanged. The farmers' market and other businesses will continue as normal throughout the work.

Project Information

Floor plans - PDF - 1419 KB

Community notification flyer - PDF - 2140 KB

As part of the State Significant Development Application, the following documents are publicly available. Contact us for these documents due to their large file size (360 MB).

  1. Notification to DPIE on the commencement of physical work.
  2. Statutory approvals.
  3. Approved strategies, plans and programs.
  4. Environmental reporting.
  5. Comprehensive summary of monitoring results.
  6. Summary of current stage and progress.
  7. Complaints register.
  8. Environmental audit reports.

Sustainability

The upgrade will be completed using good practice energy, environmental and ecological sustainability initiatives, including:

  • mass timber construction. This reduces carbon footprint as it involves low embodied energy and is a renewable resource
  • retaining the majority of the structure
  • solar panels to reduce power consumption
  • optimised mechanical air-conditioning plant, utilising a one-pass air system with 100% energy recovery for the theatre
  • high efficiency LED lighting
  • use of variable speed drives for optimal performance and minimised energy use
  • high performance façade to limit heat entering the building and reducing air conditioning energy consumption
  • reuse of rainwater for irrigation of Peace Park.

Impacts during construction

Footpaths will remain open, however portions of the footpath will be fenced for a limited time as we complete each component of the work. Pedestrian detours will be in place at these times. There may be some inconvenience to parking and vehicle access while materials are delivered to site. There will be some additional noise during construction.

We understand that this work may have an impact on the public and apologise for any inconvenience. We appreciate your patience whilst we carry out this exciting upgrade.

Funding

The project is being funded from Section 96 contributions, SUEZ and borrowings. Council has set aside $41,159 million to plan, design and refurbish Sutherland Entertainment Centre, which includes a refreshment to Peace Park.

Media releases

22 Nov 2018 - A new Era for Sutherland Entertainment Centre

01 May 2019 - Sutherland Entertainment Centre Architect Announced

10 February 2021 - Works begin on beloved local performing arts facility


News

June 2022

We know the importance of fresh air. The new Sutherland Entertainment Centre will use a one-pass fresh air conditioning system in the auditorium. 100% fresh outside air will be drawn in, and conditioned to create an ideal environment (1,2). Energy from the auditorium air is reclaimed prior to exhausting (3,4). The technology provides energy-efficient fresh air indoors. We liked the technology so much we're also using it in the new foyer for perfectly conditioned fresh air.

 one-pass-fresh-air-condoning-system

May 2022

The theatre performance and auditorium spaces are coming together nicely, as are the new lifts and amenities. Many internal walls are now in place, allowing work on detailed components of the internal framework. You will also notice changes from the street view as work starts on the building’s external areas and surrounds.

Aerial view of construction works at Sutherland Entertainment Centre

February  2022

We continue to watch the SEC grow. The fly tower structure is about to reach maximum height and work on the entry foyer has commenced. The original theatre is taking shape with a larger stage and ceiling services being installed. Completion is on track for late 2022 and we can’t wait for the whole community to enjoy the ‘new’ Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

Construction work on Sutherland Entertainment Centre forecourt

Inside construction view of seating in performing arts building

December 2021

Sutherland Entertainment Centre’s new fly tower is taking shape! The fly tower is a new addition housing scenery sets, that can be raised and lowered to the stage. The build method is the reliable ‘in-situ-concrete-wall-construction’. This refurbishment blends the old with the new to achieve a refreshed venue.

October 2021

Construction work on the new Sutherland Entertainment Centre is back up to full speed with recent concrete pours of the theatre stage, foyer and level 1 back-of-house areas. The base level of the new fly tower is also being formed. The builder, ADCO Constructions are doing a fantastic job in rejuvenating the ‘good bones’ of the original building.