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From the ABC TV website.

Only concept plans are availble at the moment . I suspect it will be around 6 stories overall, will face Campbell and Collins Streets and will abutt the Theatre Royal allowing for a common foyer and shared public spaces. If the funding comes through, expect plans late 2013 and construction to start around the middle of 2014.

It is hoped the redevelopment of a Hobart car park into an arts precinct will reap hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits for the state.

The University of Tasmania has applied for $37 million in Federal Government funding to help build a $75 million performing arts academy on the car park next to the Theatre Royal.

The building would house the Conservatorium of Music and provide additional facilities for the historic theatre.

University Vice-Chancellor, Peter Rathjen, says it would be linked to other campuses via the National Broadband Network.

"The students there will, in effect, be able to study virtually but in real time with students in Hobart and, in fact, with students across the world," he said.

"We already have orchestras that are made up of people playing in Hobart and people playing in Texas.

"We're going to be able to a lot more of that at all of the university's campuses.

"We are right here next to City hall, right next to the TSO."

The Premier, Lara Giddings, says the project would pump $660 million into the economy over the next seven years.
 

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More on this story from the Hobart Mercury - saturday.

TASMANIA is on the cusp of a cultural renaissance with a $75 million performing arts academy proposed for Hobart's CBD.

The University of Tasmania's proposed Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts would attract 3000 international students and boost the state economy by $660 million.

The arts hub is earmarked for the carpark next to Hobart's Theatre Royal.

New technology available through the National Broadband Network means creative arts students in Launceston and Burnie will be part of the cultural revitalisation with lessons and performances digitally streamed to regional campuses.

If all goes to plan, the new academy could open its doors to students in 2016.

It is expected to bring an extra 3000 students to Tasmania in its first seven years of operation including many from interstate and overseas.

It is also tipped to inject $660 million into the state's economy over the same timeframe.

The project hinges on the university's application for $37 million in federal funding being approved to boost the $15.2 million already promised by the State Government.

The project would provide a new home for the university's Conservatorium of Music and a performing arts space, recital hall and other amenities at the Theatre Royal.

UTAS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (students and education) David Sadler said the project was an ambitious one.

But it could help Tasmania become a national and international arts showcase.

UTAS hopes to know in a few weeks if the federal funding will bolster the $15.2 million provided by the State Government and make the project a reality.

"We have our fingers and toes crossed," Prof Sadler said.

"Our arts culture is a real pearl and we need to make the most of it. A new purpose-built academy will not only allow UTAS to attract new students but perhaps keep more of our most talented in the state."

Conservatorium of Music director Andrew Legg said the conservatorium had recorded unprecedented growth in the past four years and was now the fourth largest school at the university.

"We will have 690 students next year based on projections," Associate Professor Legg said as he expressed his excitement at the prospect of moving into a new, purpose-built, hi-tech school.

"We take our statewide mission very seriously and this new building will allow us to better cater to our students as far away as Marrawah and St Helens.

"To upgrade the current conservatorium building would be like putting new technology into a 1970s Plymouth."

The new performing arts academy would also help Tasmania fill a skills void in events management, audio engineering, audio design and new media.

The project is being driven by UTAS in partnership with the Theatre Royal and the State Government.

But it has already received a major "thumbs-up" from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, MONA and the Festival of Voices and the Hobart, Launceston and Burnie councils.

UTAS Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen said the project would create a cultural precinct that would energise Hobart's CBD and enhance the city's reputation as an emerging cultural capital.

"Tasmania has 2.5 times its share of national festival activity and this is growing, which combine to provide a rich community context within which the cultural industries and learning, teaching and research can flourish," Prof Rathjen said.

"The project will show how the National Broadband Network can be used to transform learning, through the streaming and sharing of rehearsal and performance."
 

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The site where the proposed building will be constructed. You can see to the right of the photo the existing heritage garage which adjoins the vacant land which will also be incorporated into the overall design. The Theatre Royal side wall forms the backdrop to the photo.

It's a reasonable plot size and the site is pretty unattractive, so the project will certianly enhance the area.

Photo courtesy of the ABC.

 

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The above site is the one earmarked for the proposed centre. Construction is not likely to start until at least mid 2014.
 

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An update on this project.

My spies tell me that negotiations are well underway with interested parties and a fully designed plan is being finalised which will be submitted to the HCC in the next couple of months. The building will be reasonably large but will be stepped back so the highest point will be in the centre of the site. Should be an interesting mix of performance and teaching spaces as well as some public access areas such as cafes etc. It will be an exciting design never seen before in Hobart. Cost is still around the $75 million mark.

If all goes according to plan, expect some site works to begin around July.
 

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Latest on this is that UTAS is still negotiating with the new State Government over certain aspects of the development including funding and related matters. Hopefully, we will see some movement in the next month or so...but like the Mleville Street Student Housing project, this development is 100% certain to go ahead and construciton will be underway by the end of the year.

I am told to expect the formal plans to be submitted to the Hobart City Council sometime in the next 8-10 weeks. The design is pretty funky too...
 

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No, sorry Ordex.

But what Isaw in the past was pretty interesting with some external features which will be quite unique in Hobart but they were only early concept plans so I have no idea what the final designs will be and will have to wait like everyone else!
 

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There was an ad in the paper on Saturday by the Uni calling for tenders for the archeological investigations for the ACIPA project. Tenders close on 28 May 2014 so they must be keen to make a start.
 

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From last weeks Mercury.

Hopefully, the Council will approve the early design works so we can see bulldozers on the site before Christmas.

The vacant site next to the Theatre Royal, on the corner of Collins and Campbell streets, which looks set to become a world-class arts hub.

HOBART’S world-class $75 million arts development is a step closer with the lodgement of an early works development application to the Hobart City Council.

The Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts is expected to attract *between 3000 and 8000 new university students and generate more than $660 million in direct and indirect economic benefits over the next seven years.

According to development application documents, the project is expected to be complete by early April 2017.

Located next to the Theatre Royal, the first stage will *include preliminary site works such as an archaeological evaluation, a UTAS spokesman said.

“This is the next of many steps which will be required to bring the ACIPA project to fruition,” the spokesman said.

Hobart-based firm Liminal Architecture is acting as principal consultant and will partner with Singaporean architect WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre to *design the academy.

However, any archaeological findings will influence the final design of the building.

The development could also see the Theatre Royal expanded.

The former Hedberg Bros garage, which dates to the early 20th century and is on the site, was placed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register in 2006 due to being a rare surviving example of an early commercial garage.

Partial demolition of the heritage-listed garage needs to be approved and completed, as well as site contamination works, before plans for the academy can be finalised.

The academy will provide programs and courses in performing arts, new media, *design, events management and digital technologies, using NBN technology and Australia’s Academic and Research Network to broaden delivery and scope across the state. It will feature a studio theatre, *recital hall, interactive media library and dance studio.

As part of the project, the Theatre Royal may also be *upgraded to include a wing *extension, dressing room refurbishments and an orchestra pit extension.
 

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The buildings on site are being emptied. They were used to house RHH junk such as beds, trolleys and 100s of filing cabinets. It's a hard rubbish rummager's dream down there.
 

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^^^ Thanks for the update skelly. I will go back to my spies and see how long it will be before we get to see some actual plans! Might take a few days though.
 

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Early works development application to be heard by the HCC tonight then the full Council next week.

If this gets approval and there are no appeals, there is a slim chance that we might see some demolition activity on site just before Christmas but I suspect more likely early in January.

Final plans being tweaked but not far away now...
 

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Ok. A brief up-date on this one.

On Monday night, the Hobart City Council gave planning permission for early works to commence. This means some test excavation across the entire site, some archeological work and the demolition of parts of the Heidleberg Garage - see an earlier post for a photo of that building.

There will be engineering studies too as the designers work out how to build around the Rivulet and the ground conditions. Even though the building will only be 6 stories tall, piling will be required so expect a piling machine on site at some point.

The facade of the garage will be retained as part of the development but the rest of the single storey structure will be demolished. While this is not going to be landmark building in terms of size it will certianly make its mark and I am relaly looking forward to seeing it being built. I understand that plans should be lodged with the Full Council before Christmas but dont know exaclty whne so it could happen anytime.

Here is the architects website which gives a flavour of the style we can expect in terms of the internals anyway.

http://www.liminalstudio.com.au/spaces/

There will be only limited work before Christmas but it will really ramp up after the building industry break in January. Going to be a very busy time building wise in Central Hobart next year!
 

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Ok. A further up-date to my up-date.

I am reliably informed that a builder will be on-site before Christmas to start the works mentioned above which will include fencing, partial demolition and excavation all in readiness for the actual build to start next year.

I am told the builder will have around 4 months to get it all done so assuming work starts later this month it will be completed by mid-May 2015.
 

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Latest up-date is to expect substantial work to commence around 17 January 2015 - so a week or so after the traditional 2 week Christmas shut down for the building industry.

There will be minor stuff happening around the site but nothing major until then.

Should see the final design plans into Council in the next week or so.
 

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Do we have any of the artists impressions in yet? Like to see that empty space filled.

But were any of the RHH staff annoyed about losing the parking?
 

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^^ Not yet felx22 but they can't be far away...especially if early works, including demolition, have been aproved.

I cant see the Council allowing buildings to be demolished unless it has a pretty good idea of what is going to replace them.

But we will all see the plans before Christmas, I am sure of that.
 

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Even though it's getting pulled down, council workers were still scrubbing graffiti off the side yesterday. Must be a while off demo I'd say, or they'd have left it.
 

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An image of the site taken today.



As you can see not much happening yet.

Hopefully, this will be a hive of activity by the end of the month!
 
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