Biggest revamp for Sydney Opera House

Published on : Saturday, August 13, 2016

Opera HouseThe New South Wales Government have unveiled plans for the biggest revamp of the Sydney Opera House.

 

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said plans would ensure the building is able to meet the increasing popularity of the busy performing arts centre.

 

 

Tory Grant revealed details of the state-funded AU$202 million (US$155m) development project on Thursday.

 

It encompasses upgrades to the main Concert Hall, including its acoustics and accessibility, the development of a new ‘Creative Learning Centre’ for children and families, the creation of a “premium function centre” within the existing building, and the development of a new car-free entrance under the Monumental Steps.

 

 

Mr. Grant said that, the heritage of the building will be enhanced and not lost after this revamp.

 

He also added that, the Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia. It is their responsibility as custodians of the extraordinary place to maintain and renew it for all Australians. That is why they are investing more than AU$200 million in these wonderful projects, which represent the biggest upgrade to the Opera House since it opened 43 years ago.

 

The upgrade is expected to take 18 months to complete. Construction will commence in mid-2019 and the hall is expected to reopen in 2021.

 

The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia’s most popular attractions, welcoming approximately 8.2 million visitors per year.

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