Planning Tick of Approval for Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal

Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo takes the next step towards transformation with the first stage of planning consent granted to enable the renewal of the iconic museum.  

Powerhouse Trust President Peter Collins AM KC said the concept planning consent is a major milestone for the project, with the winning design for the renewal of the museum announced after a national Design Competition was held late last year.

The concept designed by Australian team Architectus, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, Tyrrell Studio, Youssofzay + Hart, Akira Isogawa, Yerrabingin, Finding Infinity and Arup was chosen in December 2022 by an expert jury.

“The winning design team developed a visionary scheme that features expanded museum spaces, while honouring and connecting the multiple layers of history across the Powerhouse site,” said Mr Collins.

“Planning consent allows us to move into the next important phase of the project and to get on with the job of reinvigorating one of Australia’s most revered museums, securing its future for many generations to come.

“We will now continue to consult with the community and stakeholders as we refine the final design of the museum and ensure the community provides input into the renewal during the next phase of the planning process.”

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said the renewal of the museum will deliver refurbished and expanded museum exhibition and public spaces, supporting the Powerhouse to deliver an applied arts and applied sciences program whilst continuing to present the museums extraordinary collection of over 500,000 objects.

“The design features a new public square that will connect the museum to The Goods Line and surrounding precincts, increasing public open space, while the Harris Street frontage will be revitalised with creative industry studios to support museum programs and access to the museum’s library and archives,” said Ms Havilah.

The renewed Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo will feature improved connections to the Sydney CBD and will actively contribute to the growing night-time and visitor economies.

The community can have their say and participate in consultation to inform the detailed design and planning application until Friday 10 March 2023.

Find out more about the Powerhouse transformation.

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