Work begins on upgrades at the Arts Centre Melbourne Theatres Building

There’s been a lot happening at Arts Centre Melbourne this year as part of the Reimagining project, a central component of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation. The Main Works at the Theatres Building include a significant upgrade and expansion of the loading dock which will essentially double its size.

We’ve been working on the Reimagining project since 2015. It’s been exciting for us to see the work at the Theatres Building kick into gear. More than 2,000 tonnes of concrete has been removed from the Sturt Street side of the building to make way for the expansion, all while the theatres have been showing one of their busiest summer seasons to date. This has required careful coordination and collaboration from the whole team.

Hamish Lyon, who’s leading the design team at NH said this week “The new back-of-house facilities which include a new loading dock, rehearsal studio and accessible stage door will ensure Arts Centre Melbourne’s three performance venues in the Theatres Building remain at the forefront of global best practice.”


Take a look at this video created by the Arts Centre Melbourne team for a behind-the-scenes peek at the works. Hear from Technical Director for the Reimagining project, David Harvey, about the works and how they’ll increase the capacity of the theatres and make bumping shows in and out more efficient and safer for theatre crews.

We’re so proud to be a part of the team delivering this once-in-a-lifetime Reimagining of the Theatres Building at Arts Centre Melbourne.

The Victorian Government funded Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation is the largest cultural infrastructure project in Australia’s history. The project is being delivered by Development Victoria for Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co), in collaboration with Creative Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Lendlease is the Managing Contractor for the Arts Centre Melbourne Upgrades Main Works package.