Design competition launched for Whitehorse Centre redevelopment

January 11, 2019 by  

The Whitehorse Centre redevelopment project is entering a new stage with the latest launch of a design competition.

City of Whitehorse Mayor Bill Bennett said it is expected that the design competition for redevelopment of the centre will attract top architects from around the nation. He said plans for the centre, which has served the community including residents from Nunawading and Box Hill South for 30 years, had now reached the design stage adding:

“Council is transforming the Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading into a highly accessible, flexible and contemporary venue that will meet the diverse and changing needs of our community, users and patrons.”

The Mayor said future patrons will enjoy an expanded range of festival, function and performing arts facilities.

The competition, for which a winner is expected to be announced by mid-2019, has been introduced to help achieve the most sustainable and effective outcomes for the centre’s redevelopment – financially, operationally and functionally, according to Mayor Bennett.

Detailed design development will then take place followed by the appointment of a chief construction contractor. Work on the project is expected to begin in 2021 with a late 2023 opening predicted. Many companies that provide construction designs often use graphic design services to help generate their plans.

The competition is aimed at the creation of concept designs based on Whitehorse Centre Redevelopment Business Case recommendations that incorporate a number of key inclusions ranging from a 600-seat auditorium and 200-seat studio theatre to improved soundshell capability and a multipurpose function room.