A world-class cultural and performing arts centre designed by Liminal Architecture for the University of Tasmania (UTAS) has received approval from the Hobart City Council. Liminal Architecture has designed the cultural hub in partnership with WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre.

To be located on the corner of Collins and Campbell Streets in the Hobart CBD, the $90 million Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development is a partnership between the University, the Tasmanian Government and the Theatre Royal, and will also include the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Creative Exchange Institute. The performing arts centre will feature a studio theatre, a recital hall and education spaces, and is expected to be completed by the first semester of 2018.

UTAS’ new cultural hub will come up on a site adjacent to the historic Theatre Royal, which will be upgraded as part of the development. An archaeological investigation of the site conducted last year by the University revealed that the area was part of the former district of Wapping, described as ‘Hobart’s first working-class neighbourhood, and the first part of the city to earn the reputation of a slum’ in an archaeological sensitivity report prepared by Liminal Architecture.

The heritage impact statement describes the site as “of historic cultural heritage significance because of its direct association with Hobart’s early residential and commercial phases”.

The Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development is part of the University’s plan to gradually expand into the Hobart CBD, following recent projects already completed in the CBD including the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies by John Wardle Architects, and Medical Sciences buildings 1 and 2, by Lyons.

Image: University of Tasmania’s Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development by Liminal Architecture and WOHA. Image: Indicative renders by Doug and Wolf