The tender called for numerous upgrades to the 1962 multi-use performance venue – the most significant of which was the enlargement of the existing foyer. Detailed analysis uncovered ample under-utilised space within the existing building, which when engaged, negated the need to extend. However it also became apparent the inadequate backstage facilities needed to be addressed, though outside the scope of the original brief. Through a number of innovative design solutions, comprehensive back-of-house infrastructure was added within the initial budget, finally making LCH compliant with the logistical requirements of large-scale touring productions. Bringing the building into the 21st Century required a light hand, with clear, contemporary and complimentary additions respecting the latent character of the building. Phil Ward of PSC Architects (Brisbane), integrated economical and highly-effective acoustic treatments to the auditorium, allowing LCH to fulfil its potential as the region’s pre-eminent performance venue.
- Client- NORPA / Lismore City Council
- Budget - $6M
- Function - Multi-function performance venue
- Location - Lismore, NSW
- Year - 2013
- Team - Dom / Dan // Phil Ward, PSC Architects, Westera, HJR, James Heddle, Monteith
- Builder - Bennett Constructions
- Photography - CFJ
2014 AIA NSW COUNTRY DIVISION – WINNER, JAMES BARNET AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ARCHITECTURE
2014 AIA NSW COUNTRY DIVISION – WINNER, PUBLIC BUILDING ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS
2014 AIA NSW COUNTRY DIVISION – WINNER, HERITAGE PUBLIC BUILDING
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2014 NSW IPWEA – WINNER, DESIGN & CONSTRUCT ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD
Re-Use of Existing Structure // Passive Solar Design // Convection Cooling // Sun Shading // Thermal Storage and Insulation // Displacement Air Conditioning // Motion Detector Operated Lighting & A/C // Solar Hot Water Heating // PE Cells for Auto Night Lighting // Low Voltage Lighting // Water Storage & Re-Use // PV Solar Cells