State Theatre Centre

Project Description

The West Australian Government commissioned the building of a new performing arts centre to compliment the revitalised Perth Cultural Precinct.

Planning commenced in 2006 via a design competition process and is the first professional performing arts venue to be developed by the State Government in Western Australia.

Located strategically at the corner of Roe and William Street, the State Theatre Centre offers excellent access from the city’s key transport nodes and anchors the adjacent cultural precinct.

The urban design strategies, used to weave the facility into the surrounding area, add to its vitality and sense of place in the city.

Our Role

NS Projects was appointed to co-ordinate the design development, construction documentation, and tender and construction phases of this prestigious project.

NS Projects worked closely with the Department of Finance, Department of Culture and the Arts, Kerry Hill Architects, the consultant team and builders to deliver this iconic project.


Project Details

  • Name: State Theatre Centre
  • Type: Culture & Arts
  • Client: Department of Housing and Works
  • Date: 2006 to 2009
  • Role: Project Manager
  • Value: $80 million

Key Outcomes

  • Delivery on time and to the satisfaction and expectation of the performing arts community, due to a thorough understanding of each element of the project.
  • Revitalisation of the Northbridge cultural and entertainment district through attractive design, catering for new innovation and experimentation in the performing arts sector, and subsequently attracting new audiences and promoting different opportunities for the arts.
  • Successfully incorporating complex acoustically isolated performance “boxes” that allow the performance areas and rehearsal spaces to operate concurrently as well as a substantial underground studio theatre in what was previously a wetland and therefore requires the waterproofing to be monitored regularly.