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Western Sydney will soon be home to a world-class performing arts centre and multi-use entertainment space, with WSPAC (Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre) management unveiling plans today for a self-funded development, set to begin construction in November 2017.
Deemed the biggest cultural development to hit Western Sydney, the centre is set to become an icon for the West, with construction due for completion in late 2019.
The spectacular 2000 seat proscenium arch theatre will have the capacity to host world-famous stage shows, musicals and concerts, and performances from leading symphony orchestras and ballet companies
Anticipation around the centre is already building, with a stellar schedule of leading theatre performances and international music acts starting to take shape.
“A project of this size has never been undertaken before on this side of the bridge and excitement is already growing. The time has come for Western Sydney to have its own cultural icon,” said CEO of WSPAC Richard Errington, who is spearheading the development.
“We have brought together a team of leading architects, designers and engineers across the country to develop the vision for this world-class venue unlike anything else in Western Sydney. We can’t wait to share it with the community and watch it become a thriving hub for arts, culture and entertainment.”
Over the next few years, this cultural powerhouse will create hundreds of jobs across the construction, hospitality and entertainment industries. It will also give a huge boost to tourism in Western Sydney, given its close proximity to the new international airport set to open in 2026, as well as the M7 and M4 motorways.
WSPAC is destined to become an iconic tourist destination and is expected to draw more than a million visitors over the next decade. Plans for a five star Pullman Hotel alongside WSPAC are also in place to accommodate this growth.
“The timing is right to bring both local and international theatre entertainment to Western Sydney. The community is excited and ready for it. Discussions are already taking shape with some big announcements to be made in early 2018,” said WSPAC General Manager of Marketing Simon Greally.
GWS Chairman Tony Shepherd is also excited about the opportunities that WSPAC will create for the community and is pleased to lend his support to the project.
“This is a magnificent performing arts centre, which will excite and draw people from Western Sydney and beyond. It is being built without a cent from the taxpayer and is providing the community with a facility it desperately wants and needs,” Mr Shepherd said.
The project will be built by leading Australian construction company Hansen Yuncken, who has completed numerous landmark projects across the country, including the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania and New Space at The University of Newcastle.
Inspired by all things theatre, Australian firm Cox Architecture has designed the venue to amplify the sense of anticipation experienced when attending the theatre, in particular, the anticipation that begins well before the performance has commenced.
“The flowing facade metaphorically references a stage curtain drawn across the warm and texturally rich foyers and theatre drum. The crimson windows allow patrons to peek beyond the curtain, whetting their appetites for the world they are about to be transported to,” Senior Associate at Cox Architecture, Michael Bradburn said.
A formal launch event, hosted by Australian media personality Richard Wilkins, will be held on Monday 20 November to celebrate the launch of WSPAC at Quay.
Mr Wilkins is a passionate advocate for performing arts and is thrilled to be involved with the project.
“It is so exciting for Western Sydney to have it’s very own version of the Opera House, bringing a world-class standard of entertainment and arts to the Greater Western Sydney community and beyond,” said Mr Wilkins.
WSPAC will be located on the corner of Sherbrooke Street and Francis Road in Rooty Hill.
For more information about the development, please visit www.wspac.com.au