Whitehorse City Council is building a highly accessible, flexible and contemporary venue performing arts centre that will provide an expanded array of arts and cultural opportunities for the entire Whitehorse community to enjoy for generations to come.
Key features of the new facility will include:
- 626-seat auditorium with larger stage and modern backstage area
- 200-seat studio theatre enabling smaller scale works
- multipurpose rehearsal/dance studio
- a greatly expanded range of shows, functions and events
- improved soundshell for community festivals and other outdoor events
- improved car parking, enabling easy and convenient access to the Whitehorse Centre, library, Council offices, local parkland and the nearby Walker Park sports precinct.
Schematic Design Engagement
This engagement closed at 5.00pm on 16 November 2020. A summary report of feedback received on the Schematic Design will be made available at a later date. Council will continue to work closely with all key stakeholders throughout the Design Development stage to help inform the final design of the new performing arts centre.
Let’s hear from our community!
About the Project
Planning for a new facility began in 2010. A comprehensive business case, careful cost benefit analysis of the options, and extensive community consultation were key components of Council’s due diligence in deciding to redevelop the Whitehorse Centre into a venue that will serve the needs of the community for the next 50+ years.
The new centre will help Council achieve its arts and cultural vision to “be a creative community that is vibrant, diverse and engaged through our arts, culture and heritage”.
The new centre will remain, first and foremost, a community arts and cultural facility, while still attracting high quality national touring shows. The main users of the new centre (an estimated 80 per cent) will be local community groups, schools and community-based Council programs such as the Whitehorse Centre professional Main Season, Midweek Matinee program, sports awards and women’s forum.
Construction works will start in 2021 with an expected project completion in late 2023.
The demolition phase of the redevelopment is on track to finish in December 2020, paving the way for construction to begin on the new open double-storey car park in early 2021.
With accessibility a priority, the car park will feature ground-level entry to both levels and a pedestrian ramp to enable easy, convenient and safe access to the performing arts centre, library, Council offices, local parkland and nearby Walker Park sports precinct.
When the project is completed, there will be more than 430 car parking spaces on site (up from the existing 225 spaces). Construction of the new performing arts centre will start in 2021 and is expected to be completed in late 2023.
During construction, the civic precinct will continue to be open to the public and provide car parking for Council staff and visitors to the Council offices, library, surrounding parkland and nearby Walker Park sports precinct. Contractors’ vehicles will park within the hoarding zone, as construction activity allows. A map showing current parking availability can be viewed under the “More Information” heading below.
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- Concept Design Stakeholder Engagement Report 2020 ( PDF 396.02KB)
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan December 2019 ( PDF 185.41KB)
- Current Parking Plan ( PDF 330.21KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions ( PDF 336.79KB)
- Media Release
- Whitehorse Centre Redevelopment Postcard ( PDF 414.24KB)
- Project History 2010 - 2019