The journey of the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia involves many years of reports, consultations, plans and individual effort in getting a purpose-built contemporary and city based theatre for the people of Western Australia. 2003
Department of Culture and the Arts commissions theatre consultant Graham Walne to undertake consultation about the potential structure and possible locations for a new performing arts venue. Fifty one organisations, groups and individuals are involved in the consultation process, which agrees the venue should house primarily drama and contemporary dance and consist of a main theatre with a capacity of 525-575 seats, and a studio space with a capacity of 200 seats.
Steering Committee is established to recommend best site for the new centre, with 11 sites initially identified. In November 2004, the Government announces the development of a new performing arts venue on the corner of Roe and William Streets in Northbridge. The task begins of detailing requirements for the proposed facility resulting in the development of a design brief.
In recognition of architecture as a critical component of the performance experience and the importance of a new venue to the future of Perth, its residents and the arts community, the Government elect to select an architect through an international design competition. The Competition attracts more than 40 designs from architects around the world and in November 2005, award-winning Kerry Hill Architects is announced as the winning firm.
Design development commences soon after Kerry Hill Architects’ appointment. More than 70 specialists including artists, architect, specialist consultants and planners, designers; acousticians; quantity and land surveyors; theatre, program, heritage, ethnographic and archaeological consultants; as well as structural, mechanical, civil, electrical, façade, fire, environmental and traffic engineers are involved.
Broad Construction Services commences forward works on the site in November 2007. This includes demolition, excavation and substructure to prepare the site for the main construction. The tender for the main construction contract is awarded to John Holland Pty Ltd in October 2007 and work starts on site immediately.
The venue is completed by December 2010.
The Centre is officially opened by His Excellency, the Governor, Dr Ken Michael on 27 January. The first performance takes place in the Heath Ledger Theatre.