Latrobe Creative Precinct

April 2018

The Latrobe Creative Precinct will see a state-of-the-art performing arts centre constructed on land adjacent to the Traralgon Service Centre and Library.  The Precinct has received $30 million in funding, with $10 million each from the Victorian Government, the Federal Government and Latrobe City Council.

The community has grown to a point where the existing Little Theatre facilities are limiting the capability to support major productions and as a consequence cannot compete with other major regional theatres in Victoria. The new theatre 750 seat will increase variety of programs in touring shows – meaning there will be more of them and better choice.

The new precinct will include the following:

  • A 750 seat theatre within a new performing arts centre;
  • A multi-purpose Studio (a smaller, versatile space that can be configured into a variety of performance modes);
  • Multipurpose/Meeting rooms;
  • An indoor/outdoor café; and
  • Outdoor event spaces.

Once completed, patrons will be able to see a show in a new theatre with excellent facilities, hire the new performance and meeting spaces and attend outdoor events in the Precinct’s external event spaces.

Jackson Architecture in association with Katsieris Origami has been engaged as the design team for the Latrobe Creative Precinct.  They bring a wealth of expertise and a welcome degree of flair to the design elements.

Design work has already begun, and is likely to continue through much of 2018.  Selected builders have been engaged early in the construction process to work alongside the architects, and the community are likely to see progress onsite by early 2019.

The Precinct should be open for business in late 2020.

Once the new facility is open, the current Latrobe Performing Arts Centre will be refurbished to become a Creative Industries Training Centre.  Council is working in partnership with Federation University and Federation Training to provide a space where students will be able to undertake training in a variety of creative industry courses and degrees. First courses in the training centre are scheduled for delivery from February 2021.

The current Latrobe Performing Arts Centre will remain open and operational until the new theatre is ready.

Builder Selected

Council is pleased to announce that Becon Constructions has been chosen as the preferred builder for the Latrobe Creative Precinct.  The company has been appointed under an Early Contractor Involvement process.

Becon Constructions will work with Council and the architectural design team to provide value management and cost savings to the project in the detailed design phase and ensure buildability of the architect’s innovative design.

Further design work

The concept designs are being refined before public release, and detailed design has begun.

Council is currently undertaking:

  • car parking studies
  • design of sewer realignment works
  • abolition of existing unused drainage easements

Following completion of these preparatory works, a head contractor will start construction works in February 2019 so that we can open this exciting new regional performing arts centre in September 2020.

For more information contact the Latrobe Creative Precinct project team, email creativeprecinct@latrobe.vic.gov.au.

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