Perth builder Doric Constructions has been awarded the $58million contract to build the Albany Entertainment Centre.
Premier Alan Carpenter made the announcement in Albany today and said the landmark design would become the jewel in the crown of the new Albany waterfront precinct.
“As well as being the focus for performing arts in the Great Southern region, the entertainment centre will play a key role in reinvigorating the waterfront,” Mr Carpenter said.
“The project, which has a total cost of $70million when design, project management and other elements such as public art are included, will be a partnership between the State Government, the City of Albany and the Great Southern Development Commission.
“The striking building will include a 620-seat auditorium, rehearsal space, cafe, convention/corporate function space and an observation platform with a breathtaking view of Princess Royal Harbour.”
The Premier said the Albany Entertainment Centre had been designed by architects Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland in association with local architects Roberts Gardener.
“The distinctive tapered triangular form of the building was designed to complement views to and from the city and its surroundings,” he said.
“The Albany Entertainment Centre will be able to host major stage productions and the two-tier performance space will primarily be used for live theatre and music but also for conferences.”
Albany MLA Peter Watson said the Albany Entertainment Centre would attract an array of first-class artists and performers to the city.
“Building and staffing of the new centre will also create up to 300 new jobs for the region,” Mr Watson said.
“This is a tremendous asset for Albany and will be a part of the vibrant and exciting waterfront development.”
Construction is expected to be under way by the end of August 2008, with completion expected in mid-2010.
Mr Carpenter said the State Government was investing a record $7.6billion into infrastructure projects in 2008-09 and more than $26billion over the next four years.
“The State Government is making decisions for the future needs of all Western Australians, wherever they live,” he said.
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