The University of Tasmania, along with the Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments, is embarking on a project which will underpin a vision for the state as a leader in the digital, creative and performing arts. This vision includes the construction of a major complex, adjoining Hobart's historic Theatre Royal on the 'Wapping 4' site.
The $90 million project will comprise improvements to the Theatre Royal, and a new University Conservatorium of Music; it will include new performance venues, public spaces and an international research institute.
The target completion date for the project is semester 1, 2019.
The project is currently in the design development phase, with Principal Consultant, Liminal Architecture, working closely with the University, the State Government and the Theatre Royal to finalise the detailed design and bring the vision for the development to life.
On 1 February 2016, the University of Tasmania entered into a Development Agreement with the Tasmanian Government and the Theatre Royal Management Board which sets out the requirements necessary to progress the project. Recent months have marked a period of intense activity dedicated to satisfying requirements in the Development Agreement including enacting new supporting legislation, gaining planning approval and finalising design documentation.
The project is about to reach a major milestone, with site establishment works commencing on site in early November 2016, immediately prior to the main construction program. This will mark the beginning of an ambitious two year building program set to be completed in early 2019. It will also mark the resumption of on-site activity following a necessary twelve month interval (a package of early works was carried out in the latter stages of 2015 to inform the detailed design work carried out over the past twelve months).
Interesting project facts
The notorious Shakespeare tavern revealed!
Parry Kostoglou led the archaeology at the building site, uncovering what was Hobart's most notorious venue.