Casula Powerhouse Regional Arts Centre
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Kane completed the latest stage of this community cultural facility in early 2008 following an 18-month construction period.
Housed within a heritage listed former power station, the $10 million project was delivered under a fixed price lump contract. Works included international standard exhibition spaces, a new 330 seat theatre and its associated facilities, a climate controlled gallery and storage area for 30,000 pieces of art, administrative offices, a cafe and additional vertical circulation.
Extensive internal demolition was undertaken to make way for the new facilities which required piling and structural steel to be undertaken within the existing envelope. Off form concrete was specified throughout and intensive Quality Assurance was carried out to ensure the finished product achieved the same standards as provided in the approved samples.
Access for construction works was limited with the Kane project team utilising innovative lifting and hoisting techniques to install the larger structural elements.
An additional internal lift was installed within a feature stair to enable the public to access a mezzanine level and the new theatre located at one end of the Turbine Hall. A distinct material palette was incorporated including brightly painted metal panels, white painted plasterboard wall and bare brickwork.
Kane is proud to have been associated with the City of Liverpool, Arts NSW and the Government of NSW in delivering this world class facility for the local community of Liverpool.