Lendlease has won the early works contract for the $1.7 billion Melbourne Arts Precinct transformation project.
The preliminary stage of the project is expected to deliver 100 jobs and lay the essential groundwork ahead of major construction in 2023.
Beginning in June and continuing into 2023, the early works will see the relocation of critical shared utilities and services to ensure continued operation of NGV and Arts Centre Melbourne during construction. Preliminary works will also include site investigations and ground testing.
The works are vital to support the significant refurbishment of the State Theatre, which will include improved accessibility and acoustics, new hospitality destinations and upgraded back-of-house facilities including new rehearsal spaces and loading docks for larger productions.
Refurbishment of the State Theatre will also include works on the building’s uniquely engineered foundation and basement structure.
More than 11,000 jobs are expected to be created over the life of the Melbourne Arts Precinct transformation and the reimagined precinct will generate hundreds of ongoing creative sector jobs when it opens in 2028.
Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said the early works will deliver hundreds of jobs and signify the beginning of an exciting new era for the state’s creative sector.
“Victoria is known as the creative state for a reason – our galleries, museums, libraries, music venues, theatres and festivals bring millions of people here every year, helping grow our economy and create jobs,” Pearson said.
“Victorians love the arts precinct and it has served us well – but the transformation will take that to a new plane, entertaining and illuminating us for decades to come and bringing visitors from around the world.”