Arts and Cultural Centre
Following several decades of community requests, Singleton Council is progressing construction of an Arts and Culture Centre to be built adjoining the Visitor Information Centre in Townhead Park.
The $4.08 million project is funded by a $2.787million NSW Government grant from Create NSW (announced by Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP in December 2018) with the remainder by Council.
The Arts and Culture Centre has been designed in keeping with the Townhead Park MasterPlan, and in conjunction with existing facilities on the site including the Visitor Information Centre, café and playground. It will transform this important location off the Hunter Expressway and New England Highway into a hub for visitors, the Singleton community, arts and culture, recreation and leisure.
The final design has now been received, and includes a substantial exhibition/gallery space and two artists’ workshops. The building will connect to the existing VIC via an outdoor courtyard that will also be a space for sculptural artworks and a place for people to meet. The design is customised to be a state-of-the-art art and exhibition space, and incorporates a number of sustainable and environmental elements including solar.
The long-awaited Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre is taking shape as pre-cast walls installed and roof framing craned in.
The $4.08 million project is funded by a $2.787million NSW Government grant from Create NSW with the remainder by Council.
Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning said the building was designed in keeping with the Townhead Park Master Plan and followed the completion of the new Townhead Park Bike Track recently.
The new building will connect to the existing Visitor Information Centre via a common foyer and outdoor courtyard, and will include gallery and exhibition space and artists’ workshops.
“It’s great to see the building coming together with the concrete foundation now making way for the pre-cast walls,” Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said.
“Civil works are also continuing on the site for carparking, drainage and water infrastructure.
“We’re looking forward to the official opening of the centre in spring as an important project to help cement our focus on being a regional destination for arts and culture.”
Construction will begin on the Singleton Arts + Culture Centre on Wednesday 6 January 2021. Council's contractor, Lahey Constructions will be onsite to to setup temporary fencing, establish a site office, as well as remove trees and the existing bike track (this will be replaced with a new track adjacent to the new Townhead Park playground this year).