On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the working designs for the largest program of upgrades to the Sydney Opera House since it opened in 1973 was unveiled. The Renewal projects will open more of the Opera House to the public, improve access and ensure it meets the
needs and expectations of audiences, artists and the 8.2 million people who visit each year. The NSW Government has committed $202 million from the Cultural Infrastructure Fund to the Renewal plans revealed today, which will:
Upgrade the acoustics, accessibility, efficiency and flexibility of the Opera House’s largest internal performance space, the Concert Hall, which hosts world-leading classical and contemporary musicians, speakers and other performers;
Transform office space into a new Creative Learning Centre, a dedicated place for children, families and young people;
Remove the existing intrusive marquee from the Northern Broadwalk, and build a premium Function Centre within the building envelope, with spectacular views of the harbor; and
Create a welcoming, car-free entrance under the Monumental Steps, and improve access to a more comfortable and inviting main foyer.
Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “The Opera House, a ‘masterpiece of human creative genius’, belongs to us all and is central to our identity as Australians. These Renewal projects are designed to ensure the Opera House continues to evolve, welcoming and inspiring people in as many ways as possible.”