A New Era for the Sutherland Entertainment Centre


We are excited to announce that we are upgrading the Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

For over 40 years, Sutherland Entertainment Centre has brought drama, song, music, dance and more to residents and visitors. We are refurbishing the Centre to transform it into a vibrant space for the performing arts in the heart of our community.  

This important work will ensure our arts and performance culture will continue now and into the future.

Who are the architects and builders?

The work is being delivered by ADCO Constructions with project management by Root Partnerships. The architect for the project is Chrofi NBRS Architecture.






Frequently Asked Questions

The Sutherland Entertainment Centre, is 40 years old. The structure itself is very sound but the building needs some major repairs and upgrades to meet the current Building Code of Australia as well as meet the latest Australian Standards for access and mobility. We want the Sutherland Entertainment Centre to be visitor and performer friendly

The project will improve the theatre space so that it can accommodate different types of theatrical performance including drama, song, music and dance and be used by a wide range of groups including schools. The improved facilities will enhance the experience of performers and audiences alike.

The project will include improvements to:

  • upgrade of technical equipment
  • theatre staging, sound and lighting
  • performers and production crews functionality to the back-of-house facilities
  • new theatre seating and sight lines to stage for audiences
  • front-of-house services.

The renovation will include:

  • A 650 tiered seating with enhanced theatre experience.
  • A new flexible teaching and rehearsal space.
  • A larger and more attractive foyer with enhanced customer services and accessibility, including lift access and improved public toilets.
  • A refreshed entry forecourt incorporating a flexible outdoor event space.
  • Improved performer/hirer functionality in back-of-house, stage and wings.
  • Improved accessability with the provision of three lifts, two for public use and one for back of house.
  • New, energy efficient and sustainable heating, cooling and lighting systems.
  • Upgrade to Peace Park, including revitalisation of the connection of Peace Park with Eton Street
  • Repairs required to the current building including the roof.

We worked closely with users groups and industry experts in the initial planning stages of the project to ensure we are creating a unique and vibrant cultural space that meets the needs of our local community.

Council has set aside $41.159 million to plan, design and refurbish the Sutherland Entertainment Centre which includes a refreshment to Peace Park.

The project is being funded from Section 96 contributions, SUEZ and borrowings. Council has set aside $41,159 million to plan, design and refurbish the Sutherland Entertainment Centre which includes a refreshment to Peace Park.

In addition to the community providing feedback, the architectural concepts were be reviewed by independent industry experts appointed by the Council. There was two (2) reviews: a review of design quality; and a cost review.

A Design Review Panel reviewed the design quality of the architectural concepts. This panel was chaired by a representative of the Government Architect NSW and included experts in major project delivery and theatre design,

An independent quantity surveyor conducted the cost review. They provided expert advice to the Design Review Panel and to Council on the estimated construction cost of each architectural concept.

The refurbishment has commenced and is expected to be ready for reopening in late 2022. As with all projects there may be things that are outside of our control that affect the finish date (for example the time needed for the planning approval or delays caused by bad weather).

Yes, the renovation is extensive and the safest and quickest way to complete it is by closing the Centre. Our planning requires the Sutherland Entertainment Centre to close between September 2020 and late 2022.

Council will oversee the entire project and has appointed a specialist project manager to manage the entire project from design to completion.

All contractors will be engaged via public expression of interest and tender processes in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), Local Government Regulations and Sutherland Shire Council Procurement Policy.

The design will be provided by an external architect and team of specialist consultants, while the renovation works will be carried out by an experienced contractor.

When the works start at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, traffic, parking and pedestrian access around the area may be affected and we will minimise this, keeping safety as paramount. A pedestrian and traffic management plan will be communicated and in place to manage this.

Pedestrian access around the project site may change at times to accommodate work areas but clear signage will be in place to direct pedestrians.

No as each business should have its own supply. Power to the Sutherland Entertainment Centre will be disconnected during the renovation.

We have a family of fantastic theatre facilities across Sutherland Shire. Along with the Sutherland Entertainment Centre refurbishment, we are investing over $2.0 million to bring our historic 1920’s Sutherland Memorial School of Arts (the SOA) in East Parade back to its former glory.

The Farmers Market will continue as normal throughout the construction works.

Community engagement is a critical part of the Sutherland Entertainment Centre Renovation Project and we are committed to keeping you informed about the project’s progress. To find out more about the project or to speak to a member of the project team, you can:

Call: 9710 0333 during normal business hours

Email: ssc@ssc.nsw.gov.au

Contact your Ward Councillor

Yes - the project received the Silver Prize in the 2019 WAN (World Architecture News) Awards - Future Projects: Civic category.

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