Site Planning & Building Upgrades

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From Monday 5 September, Gasworks Reception and Administration will be located in The Gatehouse Building.

As part of our upcoming upgrades, Gasworks Arts Park’s Reception and Administration will be relocating to The Gatehouse Building from Monday 5 September. You can still pop in anytime between 9.30am and 5pm weekdays to buy tickets, ask questions or just say hi! The current Reception and Administration Building will be part of the exciting upgrades that commence on 3 October.

Latest Media Release

Port Phillip Council is overseeing a $2.44 million upgrade to the Gasworks Arts Park Theatre, improving the theatre-going experience for the community and industry workers for decades to come.

The Gasworks’ Farmers Market, café, gallery and artists’ studios will all continue operating when significant upgrade works start mid-October at the popular Albert Park venue.

During the period October 2016 to May 2017, Gasworks Arts Inc. will operate from alternate venues; and residents who visit the site for attractions like the café, gallery and markets will still be able to use onsite public toilets.

City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss said the project highlighted Council’s commitment to the arts community and was a long-term investment in local art and culture.

“This upgrade is positive news for those involved in the Melbourne arts scene. The facility will have better acoustics, better designated toilet facilities and easier access for audiences of all abilities.

“Specifically, the upgraded Gasworks Arts Park Theatre will have improved acoustic and technical equipment; dressing rooms; accessible public toilet facilities; and universal access by replacing the Graham street portico and non-compliant ramp with a more welcoming and accessible public entrance.

“I want to thank in advance theatre-goers and other Gasworks visitors for their understanding while this important upgrade is done. We look forward to an improved Gasworks Arts Park Theatre in 2017.”

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The renovated industrial buildings on the site were used as a gasworks foundry from 1871 to 1971 before the former South Melbourne City Council purchased a portion of the site in 1979. The remaining parts of the site have since remained Crown Land.

In 1986, Gasworks Inc. was formed and funded to develop an arts precinct within the wider park.

Project overview

The City of Port Phillip is upgrading the theatre building at Gasworks Arts Park as part of its commitment to supporting and revitalising arts precincts across the City. The upgrade will improve the theatre space to accommodate a variety of arts activities and use by a wide range of groups including artists, performers and schools. The improved facilities will also enhance audience experience and community access.

The building upgrade is required to comply with Australian Standards for access and mobility and to improve general amenity for users and patrons.

Council has been working closely with Gasworks Arts Inc to determine what improvements are required for the theatre building. In July 2014, Council awarded the contract for design of the building upgrade to Gregory Burgess Architects. The architect has completed the design and is now working with Council through the statutory approvals process. Council has committed $2.44 million in 2016/17 to deliver the project including design, construction and associated costs.

Improved facilities

The theatre upgrade project will:

  • Provide improvements to acoustic and technical equipment
  • Upgrade back-of-house facilities, including dressing rooms to accommodate a variety of arts activities
  • Provide upgraded and accessible public toilet facilities along with infrastructure works to rectify ongoing and costly sewer blockages.
  • Replace the existing Graham Street portico and non-compliant ramp with a vibrant and accessible public entrance.

Construction & Continuing Arts Programs

Building upgrade works are expected to begin in October 2016, subject to statutory approvals. As the majority of works will be internal, there will be minimal impact on park users. The café and gallery will remain open as works are not proposed for this area. However there may be intermittent disruption to some services (electrical and water) at times. The café will be advised in advance during these periods. Access to the park will be retained during investigative and construction works.

Arts programs will continue via the Angela Roberts Bird Gallery program, in the Artist Studios and with theatre performances relocated at a venue nearby. Gasworks Farmers Market, From Nature exhibition, Gasworks Kids Holiday program and Priscilla Jones café will continue to operate as normal.