Project History 2010-2019

Read more about the Whitehorse performing arts centre redevelopment story.

May 2019 Update 

Successful Lead Design Team for the Whitehorse Centre Announced 

BKK Architects have been officially recognised as the successful lead design team for the Whitehorse Centre Design Competition at a Special Committee of Council Meeting on Monday 13 May 2019.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Bill Bennett said the winning design team submitted a functional concept design in response to the provided brief that integrated seamlessly with the existing precinct whilst demonstrating it can be achieved within Council’s nominated budget. This concept design is to be further developed throughout the schematic and design development phases before an end design is finalised.

“The successful outcome of the Design Competition has resulted in Whitehorse City Council appointing a winning design consultant team to engage with stakeholders and community groups throughout the design phases of this exciting redevelopment of the new Performing Arts Centre and multi-deck car park for the Whitehorse community,” Cr Bennett said.

Council and the Design Jury are extremely pleased with the outcome,” Cr Bennett said.

“This is a wonderful advance in the redevelopment of this cherished facility for the community,” Cr Bennett said.

Redevelopment concept designs


May 2017 Update

For the latest update please find following a letter from the Mayor, Councillor Denise Massoud on the future of the Whitehorse Centre and an Executive Summary of the Whitehorse Centre redevelopment: 

April 2017 Update

A Special Council Meeting will be held on Monday 10 April 2017 at 8.30pm in the Council Chamber located at the Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading to consider the future of the Whitehorse Centre. This is a public Council Meeting and all are welcome to attend.

For the latest update please find below a letter from the Mayor, Councillor Denise Massoud on the future of the Whitehorse Centre and an Executive Summary of the issues contained in the 10 April 2017 Council Report on the Whitehorse Centre:

July 2016 Update

Council unanimously voted at its meeting on Monday 18 July to retain the Whitehorse Centre as a key cultural venue in the municipality, rejecting a proposal to close the existing centre.

 Council appointed independent company JWS Research to undertake consultation with the community on three options regarding the Whitehorse Centre.

These options were:

  • Option A – Redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre based upon the Whitehorse Centre Business Case
  • Option B – Council to undertake essential works to the existing centre to continue its operation for another 8-10 years before a potential closure of the centre
  • Option C – The closure of the existing centre within the next two years. 

Councillors have made public The Future of the Whitehorse Centre Community Opinion and Research Report outlining the results of a telephone survey across the community and the online and hard copy submissions received addressing preferences for the future of the Whitehorse Centre. The report found there is more support for the complete redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre (Option A). 

Council authorised a detailed facility and site assessment to be undertaken in readiness for a newly elected Council by April 2017. In the interim, urgent repair works will be undertaken to the roof and fire services to keep the centre open until the final outcome is determined by a newly elected Council.

Copies of the JWS Report are available below:

December 2015 Update

For the Council Report on the Whitehorse Centre (14 December 2015) and its relevant attachments, including the Business Case (550+ pages) for a potential redevelopment please refer to the following: