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The Hedberg development reaching for the sky

A 39 metre crane towering over the site of Hobart’s new creative industries and performing arts development, The Hedberg, marks the next stage of development of the $96 million project.

A partnership between the University of Tasmania, the Theatre Royal and the State Government, The Hedberg will be a contemporary landmark containing three new performance spaces and new patron facilities, collocated with the existing Theatre Royal.

The building will deliver a performing arts venue with a new Conservatorium of Music while also fostering interdisciplinary research and education, facilitating local and global exchange.

Director of the Conservatorium and the University’s lead academic for The Hedberg project, Associate Professor Andrew Legg said it was exciting to see this next step towards what will be one of the most significant additions to the Tasmanian cultural landscape.

“Tasmania has stormed onto the world stage as a cultural and performance hotbed and The Hedberg will sit at the heart of this continuing resurgence,” Associate Professor Legg said.

“The Hedberg is a game changer that will bring together research, teaching and performance, attracting talent from around the world and nurturing the talent we have here in Tasmania.”

Recently completed works on the site include in-ground works, all piling and ground beams and a pre-cast concrete plenum to provide air to the recital hall above.

The addition of the crane, which will be on site for the next 52 weeks, marks the next stage of development including the installation of precast concrete walls for the lift shafts and stair wells over the next two months, followed by ground floor concrete slabs and structural steel framing for the recital hall.

The Hedberg will incorporate interdisciplinary, flexible and high-tech laboratory spaces to support visual and performing arts, classical and contemporary music, film, architecture and hybrid design practices.

It will be equipped with state-of the-art acoustic, visualisation and computing technologies, as well as flexible laboratories, practice rooms, rehearsal and performance spaces, a Creative Technology Studio, Recital Hall, contemporary foyers providing new audience facilities for the Theatre Royal and a Studio Theatre space.

The Hedberg name is drawn from the Hedberg Brothers Garage which was built on Collins St in 1925. The garage is recognized for its heritage value and its fa├žade will be an important aspect of the design of the new complex, as well as serving as the key access from Collins St.

The project is funded by the Australian Government, the University and the State Government. The project is due for completion in 2019.

Published on: 30 Oct 2017 10:32am