- Development approval given for transformation of Rechabite Hall
- Adrian Fini and Marcus Canning to revive landmark venue
- Builds on Liberal National Government investment in creative Northbridge
A new multi-use venue at the heritage-listed Rechabite Hall on William Street will bring another exciting addition to Northbridge's array of arts, culture and entertainment.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher this week confirmed approval had been given to Happy Heart Pty Ltd, led by Adrian Fini and Marcus Canning, to redevelop Rechabite Hall into an imaginative combination of arts bar and performance venue.
"The variety of spaces and uses within this building will provide opportunities for a broad range of people to engage with and enjoy this historic hall," Mrs Faragher said.
"With the development experience of Adrian Fini and Marcus Canning, the man behind Perth's FringeWORLD Festival success, I am confident this will be an outstanding and unique venue for West Australians and visitors to the city."
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day welcomed the $3 million refurbishment plans which include a basement bar and performance space, food service at ground level, a primary performance space and backstage facilities, as well as a small bar and rooftop terrace bar.
"Rechabite Hall is a cultural icon that has played a long and legendary role as an entertainment and community venue and it is exciting to see it revived for new generations to enjoy," Mr Day said.
"It is another excellent example of the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings that has characterised the Liberal National Government's work to transform Northbridge and build its creative base in recent years."
Mrs Faragher said the nearby Perth Cultural Centre, and the niche William Street precinct, continued to attract thousands of visitors every week.
"A collection of heritage buildings has also been refurbished which will see new food and beverage outlets Whisk Creamery, The Hummus Club, The Chippery & Co. and Comet Pizza opening in William Street in coming weeks," she said.
- Happy Heart Pty Ltd is led by Adrian Fini, developer of the State Buildings and Alex Hotel, and Marcus Canning, chief executive of FringeWORLD
- Rechabite Hall was built in the 1920s and was formerly a theatre and bank
- The William Street precinct was awarded an Honourable Mention at the 2012 UNESCO
- Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
- Refurbishment is expected to start later this year, with the venue due to open in 2018
- For more information, visit http://www.mra.wa.gov.au
Planning Minister's office - 6552 5300
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200