The project is being funded by a collaborative investment from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme ($10 million) and the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund ($10 million).
Construction of the 750-seat, Latrobe Creative Precinct will incorporate multi-purpose meeting rooms, multiple outdoor event spaces, including one in the style of an amphitheatre, the Latrobe Visitor Centre and an underground car park.
The artist’s impression fly-through showcases a modern architecture design that makes use of the natural light which streams through the glass walls of the Precinct, while angular framework, large exposed feature timber columns and first class fittings all feature in this generational asset.
The Precinct will deliver on the community’s vision to enhance Latrobe City’s reputation as a creative arts and cultural destination and is designed to attract a greater diversity of high quality productions from around Australia and internationally, ensuring that Gippsland’s regional city benefits from the $30 billion injection that creative industries contribute annually to the Australian economy.
Work at the Precinct construction site continues to advance under the guidance of Becon Constructions (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Excavation works for the first stage, and the most visible element of the project to date, commenced in late October. The underground car park and the sub-basement, which sits under the main stage at the eastern end of the excavated area, will house, among other things, the orchestra pit at the front of the stage.
The remainder of the excavated area will be dedicated to underground car parking with a total of 74 spaces including two accessible spaces.
Further additions to the Precinct will include the construction of a large fly tower along Church Street.
A fly tower is used by theatre companies to quickly change scenes as it allows for stage crew to hoist curtains, lights, scenery, special effects and sometimes even performers off stage and into the tower, or fly loft, above it. It also allows for lighting to be suspended from beams, directly above the stage improving the flexibility and use of the theatre.
Community based performers and theatre groups will be encouraged to make use of the custom-built performance space when the Precinct is complete in mid-2021.