Two Sydney-based architecture firms have been selected to oversee the $21.8 million redevelopment of the Sutherland Entertainment Centre in Sydney's south.
After seeking expressions of interest from designers in November 2018, Sutherland Shire Council shortlisted three design concepts.
Chrofi and NBRS Architecture have now been selected from a shortlist of three proposals which were exhibited for comment.
The design proposal intends to modernise the 40-year-old centre with a redesigned theatre, a new foyer, enhanced accessibility as well as a refreshed forecourt and backstage facilities.
The winning scheme was also commended for its approach to the broader civic precinct that includes the adjacent Peace Park, set to become a focal point and "vibrant civic heart" of the project.
NBRS Architecture directors said a key aspect of their proposal was to improve the connection between the Entertainment Centre and Peace Park by including a north facing verandah and versatile foyer space.
The new verandah will mediate the level change between the entertainment centre and the park.
It will house a new restaurant which will activate the southern edge of the park as well as create a more visible and accessible entry to the entertainment centre from the park.
“A key aspect of our proposal was to improve the interconnectedness between the Entertainment Centre and Peace Park,” Chrofi director Steven Fighera said.
“Including a north facing veranda and versatile foyer space will evoke a relationship where the building and park will begin to feel very much a part of each other, and become a catalyst for community activation and cultural engagement.”
Community consultation played a key role in the decision making process with more than 400 submissions received.
“Chrofi and NBRS Architecture put forward an impressive proposal and the community responded positively to the key elements of their design,” Sunderland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce said.
“It’s a significant project so we’ll be taking a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable approach to development.”
As well as the redevelopment of the entertainment centre, the 1920s Memorial School of Arts at Sutherland will also be redeveloped and restored.
The design is expected to be finalised later in 2019 and the project is expected to be complete in 2022.