Detailed plans to transform Bowral Memorial Hall into a modern concert hall for music are now on public exhibition.
The plans detail the scope of the proposed $3.4 million project including internal re-development and structural upgrades to the existing hall.
Council’s Cultural Development Officer Jenny Kena gave a brief overview of the project.
“Bowral Memorial Hall and the adjacent School of Arts building have long been cherished venues for concert goers and performers,” she said.
“But after years of faithful service it really is in need of a make-over to bring it up to modern standards.”
Following Council’s decision in 2015 that the primary purpose of the facility should be as a concert hall for music, major elements of the re-development will include a fit-out of modern sound, acoustic and lighting equipment. Provision of more flexible seating arrangements and increased storage and exhibition space will also be incorporated in the re-development. Other improvements will include the installation of environmentally-friendly lighting and insulation and the addition of a ticketing office and modern kitchen facilities.
“Importantly, the upgrades will also improve the existing fire safety provisions and access for people with disability,” Jenny said.
Plans and fact sheets of the proposed re-development can be found online from Council’s dedicated community engagement website www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au or at the Bowral and Mittagong Libraries and Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre.
A temporary Information Kiosk will also operate on site in the foyer of the hall providing visitors with an opportunity to speak to staff of Council. These dates will be:
- Tuesday 26 September from 4pm to 6pm
- Thursday 28 September from 10am to 12 noon, and
- Saturday 7 October from 10am to 12 noon.
A Development Application (DA) has been submitted and a closing date for submissions will be advertised shortly. The project is slated to be undertaken during the 2019/20 financial year.
“We encourage any interested persons to log on or pop-in and view the plans for themselves,” Ms Kena added.
“We believe these improvements will breathe new life into this historic building and provide our Shire’s guests and artists with a premier music venue for many years to come.”
For more information contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer on phone 4868 0855.