Builder: Kane Constructions
Cost: $38.5 million
The second stage of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment was focused on a new building on Ryrie Street. This involved:
- Demolishing the Band of Hope and Mechanics Institute Building
- exposing the former church building’s facade
- building a new double-height foyer. This connects with the Playhouse theatre
Ryrie Street Building
The building was opened in late 2019.
The building held an open day in November, 2019. I was able to get photos of the inside of the building and the Creative Engine space.
Architect: ARM Architecture
Cost: $140 million
Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street development is designed to increase the capacity of the venue. There will be:
- a 550-seat theatre
- a 250-seat theatre
- a new Box Office
- new back-of-house and administration facilities.
The new building is expected to open later in 2023.
Read more at the Geelong Arts Centre website
We used to visit the theatres at Little Malop Street a lot before the new development started. Unfortunately, we didn’t get many photos.
I got photos of the Little Malop Street Arts Precinct in May, 2020. We also got photos of the building after GPAC had rebranded to the Geelong Arts Centre.
Demolishing the Buildings
Two buildings were demolished as part of this development. One was the former GPAC building. The other was the former Barwon Health building,
Barwon Health building
In September, I noticed that this building had been boarded up. The building started to be demolished in November. I shared photos of there developments at 40 Little Malop Street Is Being Demolished.
By December 11, the building had been completely demolished.