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Old November 3rd, 2008, 11:12 AM   #621
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National Building News: November 2008 Vol 8 Number 10

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PAC takes a stage bow
AT A GLANCE
• Project: Perth Performing Arts
Centre 4- Location: Perth, WA
• Architect: Kerry Hill Architects
• Budget: $91m
Construction of the $91-million Perth performing arts centre poses several construction challenges for John Holland.

"It is a complex construction project, particularly from a structural perspective, as it encompasses multiple elements including delta core wall panels, structural steel, load-bearing block work, in-situ concrete and architectural frame system walls," John Holland western region general manager Adam Harry said.

A significant building challenge is effectively managing
the stringent requirements for acoustic isolation.

"This not only means regulating acoustics inside the building in terms of performances, but also controlling noise and vibration between the performance spaces and keeping external noise and vibration out," Mr Harry said.

"The building is located close to a train station and busy roads, so it is vital that the issue of effectively managing acoustics and vibration is dealt with at the point of construction, to enable the built theatre to meet the high expectations of acoustic purity."

A unique element of the building, and one which further compounds the complexity of the construction process is its subterranean aspect.

The building is 8.5m deep from ground level, and 82 tensioned bell piles have been used to anchor the building into the ground, addressing buoyancy issues and effectively preventing the building from floating up.

"The concrete pour for the basement area was very complex because it was cast in a single pour of 900 cubic metres and used two different types of concrete in layers," Mr Harry said.

"The use of the different concrete was necessary to protect the building against water ingress, as the studio theatre and the main rehearsal room are located underground and therefore beneath the water table," he said.

"As a defining architectural landmark for Perth, we are committed to working very closely with Kerry Hill Architects throughout the construction process, to bring the architects' vision for the new performing arts venue to life."

Work started onsite at the end of October 2007 and is scheduled to take 110 weeks. The corner of Roe and William Streets in Northbridge, adjacent to the Perth CBD was nominated the best of 11 sites identified as possible locations.
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Creating a cultural landmark
Perth's new performing arts venue will not only provide a functional venue for performers and audiences of dance and theatre, but will also be a defining architectural landmark for Perth.

In recognition of architecture as a critical component of the performance experience, the Department of Culture and the Arts elected to select an architect for the project through an international design competition, CentreStage.

The design by Kerry Hill Architects was unanimously judged the winner of the competition by an international panel in 2005. Forty other entries were submitted by architects from around the world.

The selected design includes a palette of natural materials including black metal, curved timber and gilded bronze, and a strong contemporary visual identity for each performance space.

Design development has involved more than 70 specialists, including artists, theatre consultants; lighting designers, acousticians, heritage, ethnographic, and archaeological and consultants, and structural, mechanical, civil, electrical, fagade, fire, environmental and traffic engineers.

The main proscenium theatre is comprised of seating for 575, a 25m wide by 18m deep stage, fully sprung floor and orchestra pit.

There is a secondary 'black box' studio with flexible seating configurations for up to 200.

Each theatre has its own foyer, bar, toilets and lift facilities, and access to a rehearsal room.

The building also includes an outdoor multi-purpose space, two meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art light and sound systems.

Renovations and extensions of heritage buildings adjacent to the venue will also be undertaken.
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100 year design life
In order to reduce the maintenance cost of this public building, the design brief established a 100-years design life to first major maintenance of the structure.

The successful implementation of this design requirement could only be achieved by careful and informed choice of material type and material protection along with limiting material stress levels and the correct execution of the design intent during construction.

Environmental considerations Soil investigation at the site revealed potential acid sulphate soils caused by the natural organic deposits at the base of the reclaimed lake site.

Aerating these deposits lead to acid formation which causes occupational health and environmental concerns. This condition obliged the design team to consider measures to reduce the de-watering operation to minimise the acid formation and select materials that could withstand the temporary harsh condition imposed on the structural elements during the open excavation phase.
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Originating 8.5m below ground level, Western Australia's new $91 million performing arts venue is now starting to rise out of the ground.
It is Perth's first purpose-built theatre to be constructed by State Government. The venue will present contemporary performing arts, such as theatre and dance, and will be named in honour of the late Perth-born actor Heath Ledger.

The first steel framework has been erected and the spaces within the venue are taking shape. The lift shafts and stairwells are clearly identifiable and the formwork is finished for the studio dressing rooms.

Construction of an isolated floor to create acoustic separation between the studio and external vibrations, was completed last August.
In June, the basement floor of the venue was poured, following the removal of more than 10,000m3 of soil from the site over the previous six months.

The basement floor slab is 600mm thick and secured to the ground by 86 tension piles that extend 10m into the ground.
This will become the floor of the studio space and of one of the two rehearsal rooms.

Broad Construction Services completed the forward works in November 2006 which included demolition, excavation and substructure to prepare the site for the main construction.
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Acoustic isolation prevents noise transfer
Its location in a central transport hub will help Perth audiences access the new performing arts venue, but bustling traffic noises have handed its designers some significant acoustic challenges.

As Bassam Matty, Structural Associate for Airey Taylor Consulting pointed out, "The main design consideration for any performance venue is isolating it from vibrations and noise. This venue is located across the road from Perth's main train station, and is also subject to noise from passing buses, trucks and cars. Isolating it from external noise required careful consideration at all design stages."

This was also true of the performance spaces within the venue, whose construction is being managed by the Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Department of Housing and Works.

Mr Matty explained that "the theatres are stacked on top of each other, and multiple performances can take place simultaneously. So, acoustic isolation between the compartments is needed to prevent noise transfer."

"The structure for the lobbies, entrances, foyers, service areas and substructure forms an outer shell, like a cocoon that encapsulates the performance spaces while remaining acoustically isolated from them."

Acoustic separation between the theatres also required formation of a 27.5m transfer floor to hold the stalls of the Main Theatre across the underground rehearsal room and Studio Theatre. "With 27.5m to span across the underground Studio Theatre, the transfer is something akin to a bridge supporting the main theatre above," said Mr Matty.

The architectural configuration by Kerry Hill Architects limited the transfer structure depth to 1700mm, while the mechanical designer requested large thermal mass to reduce energy consumption of the air conditioning. The structural answer provided by Airey Taylor Consulting, was five concrete girders, each post-tensioned using multistage prestressing to limit deflection under the high dead load of the stalls. The main girders sit on the supporting substructure through acoustic load bearing pads.

The Main Theatre's 'fly tower' - for moving equipment on and off stage -also needed to be acoustically separated from the rehearsal room below. Four transfer composite steel girders were used to form the 15m transfer floor, while the western wall of the tower was used as a beam to allow daylight through a 14.5m wide window to the rehearsal room. The 29m high fly tower also sits on the substructure through acoustic load bearing pads.

Each underground noise-sensitive compartment has its own floor, wall, slabs and roof to form a fully independent structure. The structural design used pre-stressed hollow-core panels for the 7m high walls, hollow-core planks for the 14.5m rehearsal room roof, and steel trusses to support the concrete lid and catwalks at the lower chord level of the truss.

The architectural design enclosed the main theatre foyer in a U-shaped, double faced precast clad structure to achieve the outer form of the building, and buffer stalls from external noise. A 27m wide slot in the centre of the U-shape was formed for the foyer and main entrance. The structural design used steel structure with beam-column elements spanning up to 22m to form the skeleton of the U-shaped wall, and beam-column members propped by the Main Theatre shell through acoustically separated links.
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Old November 5th, 2008, 08:47 AM   #622
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Cheers for posting Bart. A heap of interesting information there. Certainly explains its slow building pace.
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It shows that people here are a bit too desperate to see progress, when it is often slow to begin with for a reason. But the monthly publication appears to usually have something interesting about a Perth CBD building.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 03:48 PM   #624
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How's this going? Has there been a name change agreement yet?
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 02:01 AM   #625
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Of course not, this government cant make a firm decision on absolutely anything.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 02:46 PM   #626
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on the topic of government, since the election, has ANYTHING actually been done, besides a whole lot of talk and murder of any good ideas left over from the carps gov ??
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on the topic of government, since the election, has ANYTHING actually been done, besides a whole lot of talk and murder of any good ideas left over from the carps gov ??
maybe only the standardised uniform dress standards for the government staff and proposed or departmental spliting/ merging/ name changes

why the hell does colin want not to go ahead with the rail to butler beats me, i mean it would do the world up that way a whole lot good..... i know people having to drive or catch a bus to clarkson which can take up to 15 - 20 mins driving or more for busing, not to mention for drivers having to look for a park in the early am with traffic slow along Connolly. The train should take off at least 15 mins off commuting you'd think just up that way....

anyway this is probably off topic now, go ahead move this to spam or PT thread if u want docker but back:

On topic: heath ledger centre name should just be left alone, can't see what all the fuss is about, if labour got back in they'd probably change it back to Heath Ledger after a liberal/national change of something else
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:37 AM   #628
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Arts centre snub for Heath Ledger


December 11, 2008 04:18pm

Heath Ledger's name has been stripped from a new arts centre that was to be named in his honour.

The West Australian Government has decided to rename the centre in Ledger's home city of Perth after the former Labor government honoured the late actor by proclaiming it the Heath Ledger Theatre.

Arts Minister John Day said today that the complex, in Perth's main cultural precinct, would be called the State Theatre Centre.

The actor, who died in his New York apartment in January this year of an accidental drug overdose, will instead be remembered with the main theatre of the centre to be called the Heath Ledger Theatre.

The Government said it had consulted the Ledger family about the decision.

In July this year, Labor premier Alan Carpenter, with Heath's father Kim at his side, announced the actor's name would live on in the title for the centre.

Mr Day said the new name "strongly identifies the venue as a place of civic pride for all Western Australians".

Opposition arts spokesman Ben Wyatt said WA had lost a great opportunity to put Perth on the world map.

"Naming (it) after Heath Ledger would have given (it) an international position, an international reputation and a much better chance to attract the international talents to Western Australia," Mr Wyatt said.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:39 AM   #629
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"State Theatre Centre" - such a Perth name. Functional, to the point, and nothing more.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #630
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The state threatre centre? No ******* waiii....
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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #631
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why is it a centre? State theater...boring but I'd understand. But centre??
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state theatre centre is such a bad mix of syllables...

state theatre i like... but tha mix is weird... no doubt it'll get known as "tha state theatre" or people could just call it "heath ledger theatre"...
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PERTH'S new performing arts venue in Northbridge will not be named after Perth born actor Heath Ledger - although a theatre within the centre will be.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day today revealed the venue would be called the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

The move overturns a decision announced less than six months ago by former premier Alan Carpenter to name the complex after the late actor.

Heath's father, Kim Ledger, stood beside Mr Carpenter at the theatre construction site while he made the announcement.

Premier Colin Barnett said in October he was reconsidering the name announced by his predecessor.


However the complex's 575-seat main theatre will be named the Heath Ledger Theatre, Mr Day said today, adding that Ledger's family had been consulted.

“A great deal of consideration has been given to the name of the venue and this has involved consultation with the Ledger family, which is pleased Heath is being acknowledged in this way, and a range of stakeholders,” Mr Day said.

“The name, State Theatre Centre, strongly identifies the venue as a place of civic pride for all Western Australians and will be a venue where audiences can enjoy high-quality performing arts by local, national and international artists.”

Heath Ledger, who died in his New York apartment in January this year of an accidental drug overdose, is a favourite to be nominated for a posthumous Academy Award for his role as the Joker in the Batman movie The Dark Night.

In addition to the Heath Ledger Theatre, the centre will provide other performance spaces including a 200-seat studio.

The centre is due to open in mid-2010.

Opposition arts spokesman Ben Wyatt said WA had lost a great opportunity to put Perth on the world map.

"Naming (it) after Heath Ledger would have given (it) an international position, an international reputation and a much better chance to attract the international talents to Western Australia," Mr Wyatt said.

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why is it a centre? State theater...boring but I'd understand. But centre??
It will stage theatre and dance performances and will include a 575-seat main theatre, 200-seat studio theatre and associated rehearsal and production spaces.
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Sorry but the is ultra ****en gay.

I ******* HATE this government so much.
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Good on them for actually renaming this theatre; someone had to fix Carpenters mistake.

Heath Ledger theatre sounds so tacky, and such a short-sighted decision to name it after him.
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i dont think a worst name could me thought of ...
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i think the new name is plain lame.
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i think the new name is plain lame.
We'll be lame with Melbourne and Sydney then.
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We'll be lame with Melbourne and Sydney then.
Though both Mel & Sydney's are just known as the 'State Theatre' .. not the State Theatre Centre of News South Wales lol
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