Perth’s iconic home of music to get a new lease on life
Originally designed by architects Jeffrey Howlett and Don Bailey, the Perth Concert Hall was the first concert hall to be built in Australia after World War II. Its construction and completion was carried out by Sabemo (WA) with its doors opening to the public on Australia Day (January 26) 1973.
After 50 years of continuous operation, the heritage listed building will undergo a full revitalisation for the benefit of artists, audiences and the community.
The redevelopment work includes:
- preservation of its world-renowned acoustic features;
- essential structural maintenance of the award-winning building architecture;
- refurbishment of working areas used daily by resident company WASO;
- refurbishment of the main bar, foyer areas, upgraded signage and lighting;
- improved venue accessibility for guests with remodelling of the auditorium entry, lifts, stairs, additional toilets and box office relocation;
- transformed northern and southern forecourts to activate the outside for gatherings and festivals including enhanced views of the Derbarl Yerrigan/Swan River;
- updated seating, new rehearsal spaces and improved backstage facilities;
- additional spaces for small events, school educational visits and training.
As the home of music in WA, the redeveloped Perth Concert Hall will offer improved facilities for broader community engagement and precinct activation as well as providing a true home for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
The $150.3 million investment consists of $134.3 million in State Government funds through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, $12 million from the Australian Government and $4 million from the City of Perth.
With Architecture Studio and OMA are the lead architects on this significant redevelopment project. Perth Concert Hall and surrounding forecourts will be closed to the public during structural works which are planned to commence in early 2025.