NORPA artistic director Julian Louis and Mayor Jenny Dowell celebrate the successful tender being chosen for the upgrade of Lismore City Hall.
NORPA artistic director Julian Louis and Mayor Jenny Dowell celebrate the successful tender being chosen for the upgrade of Lismore City Hall. LCC

Lismore City Hall revamp

NORPA's artistic director Julian Louis said he's pleased that a tender for the $6 million facelift of Lismore City Hall was approved by Lismore City Council and that such an experienced company was chosen to drive the project.

The architectural tender was awarded to Phillips Smith Conwell, a company with expertise in upgrades of a similar magnitude including QUT Gardens Point Theatre and other major performing arts centres nationally.

Phillips Smith Conwell has also put together a regionally-based team of consultants, including an engineer from Terania Creek and Bangalow-based architect, to realise the challenging renovation.

The facelift includes the complete rebuilding of the foyer and bar area to include outdoor verandahs and a much larger entry space for patrons as well as new stage and lighting facilities and all-important works to repair and stabalise the building's foundations.

Lismore City Hall was built in 1965 and Julian said plans for its refurbishment have been in the pipeline since 2005. He said it's wonderful to see the grand old dame of Lismore about to have a much-needed makeover.

"It is such a beautiful iconic building and this will transform it from an old city hall that's been used for theatre, dance and other cultural activities into a fully functioning and multi-purpose performing arts facility," Julian said.

"This refurbishment will really put Lismore on the map as the performing arts and cultural hub of the Northern Rivers, and will draw thousands of visitors each year to enjoy performance in our city."

Work will begin in December and is expected to be completed by June 2013.

The total cost of the City Hall makeover is $6 million with $4.97 from the Regional Development Australia Funding and $1.08 million from Lismore City Council. NORPA continue to seek funding for new lighting equipment and to improve the seating, as well as a new loading dock.
 



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