LIMINAL ARCHITECTURE | Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development a step closer

Posted 11 October 2015

Many of you would have noticed by now that site works have begun, marking another exciting chapter for the creative industries and performing arts development.
Carefully executed archaeology excavation has currently uncovered what used to be the basement to the Shakespeare Hotel, licensed in 1837.

A live webcam of the progress on site can be viewed here.

Liminal Architecture Creative Industries Performing Arts Development Archeology 01
Photo Leigh Woolley

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Photo Peta Heffernan

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Photo Peta Heffernan

The University of Tasmania is partnering with the Commonwealth and State governments for the delivery of the state significant creative industries and performing arts development co-located with the Theatre Royal.

The commencement of early works is a major milestone for the project as findings of the archaeological investigation will help to influence aspects of the design.

Along with our global partners WOHA and Arup, we are very excited about how the design is taking shape.

The development will incorporate:
-  a purpose built home for the Tasmanian College of the Arts’ Conservatorium of Music
-  state of the art performance spaces for the public to enjoy
-  rooftop decks to take in city vistas
-  an interdisciplinary education and research hub to further excel Tasmania’s already notable creative industries
-  an additional entrance and multi-level foyer space adjoining the Theatre Royal, featuring front of house facilities such as ticketing, expanded bar, catering and toilet amenities for every level, providing equitable access and returning the Theatre’s foyer to its original heritage state 
-  improved back of house provisions for the Theatre Royal including a new loading dock, accessible lifts, updated dressing and green rooms, and improved storage.

Stay tuned for more updates and the impending unveiling of the design.

For further background, previous news items on the project can be viewed below:

University of Tasmania Early Works announcement

Liminal website

State Government

University of Tasmania announcement in 2013