Sneak peek re­veals arts cen­tre de­sign

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Stun­ning in­ter­nal de­sign fea­tures have been re­vealed in a sneak peek of the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre rede­vel­op­ment project.

Mayor Joe Gauci was ex­cited to re­veal a few small glimpses of in­ter­nal works near­ing com­ple­tion.

“Over the last 18 months an in­cred­i­ble amount of work has taken place to trans­form this build­ing, both func­tion­ally and aes­thet­i­cally. “There is still work to be done, but we hope these sneak peek images be­gin to stir ex­cite­ment in the com­mu­nity for what’s to come once we re-open.

“The de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects and builders have done an im­pec­ca­ble job blend­ing the old with the new. His­toric fea­tures like the orig­i­nal bricks have been ex­posed, re­fur­bished and now paired with new, sleek tim­ber de­sign el­e­ments.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly proud of this project and it’s ex­cit­ing to be edg­ing closer to the fin­ish line. We’re all look­ing for­ward to Novem­ber when we re-open this won­der­ful com­mu­nity build­ing.”

The arts cen­tre will be fi­nally ready to stage its first show on Novem­ber 1.

The builder, Build­ing En­gi­neer­ing, has ad­vised coun­cil the project will be fin­ished on Oc­to­ber 31. The build­ing would be com­mis­sioned and tested ready for im­me­di­ate use when it is handed over on this date.

The first show to be held at the new cen­tre will be the Mel­bourne Sym­phony Or­ches­tra on Novem­ber 1.

Plan­ning is un­der­way for re-open­ing cel­e­bra­tions with more in­for­ma­tion to be re­leased shortly.

Arts and cul­ture man­ager Rob Rob­son has pre­vi­ously re­ferred to plans for a com­mu­nity focussed open­ing, pos­si­bly ty­ing in with the monthly War­ragul arts and farm­ers mar­kets in the Civic Park precinct.

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