Completed Her Majesty’s Redevelopment
ON time and on budget, the Ballarat City Council’s redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre is now complete. The Ballarat City Council has funded the $1.148 million redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Ballarat, delivering a contemporary theatre experience for the many thousands of people who enjoy the historic theatre each year. The redevelopment was a popular project of the 2014/15 Budget Priority Projects Survey. The most significant feature of the redevelopment is the 890 brand new seats installed on a new curved alignment for additional seats and improved access for DDA.
Viewing the finished work last week Cr Samantha McIntosh was most impressed.
“How fantastic is it? Stunning. You couldn’t get a better combination of colour and weave and having this beautiful wool Exminster carpet, with Her Majesty’s logo woven into it – very beautifully and individually designed – in the Long Room, it’s just spectacular,” she said excitedly. “It’s been a big project. Our goal has been (completion) for the opening for Rock of Ages, to have the seats in place, and the carpet laid – which is what we have. “We will have another stage rolling out sometime soon, which will deliver the cast seat ends and that will be the beautiful finish, the book ends.”
Cr McIntosh added that the community has embraced Her Majesty’s Theatre and were involved in the expressions of interest project to move the chairs on and many local groups, organisations and families who will be enjoying the old seats.
“What we want to do is keep this story rolling, we want to use everything we possibly can, if we have little pieces of carpet left over and we know that someone may really enjoy to have a piece of the newly woven carpet in a gilded frame on their wall, please make contact with us,” she said. “Tonight is the opening night of Rock of Ages and the first night that the community can come in celebrate our new seats, the beautiful carpet and the theatre being taken into the future.” The redevelopment also includes: New, specially designed carpet for the entire building; Realignment and reinstallation of foot warmers; Patch, repair and polish flooring; Carpentry works to stairs; New vinyl flooring in the Balcony and Dress Circle levels; Electrical works and lighting connection; New communications infrastructure; Painting and general construction works.