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Planning Tick of Approval for Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal

render of the renewal of powerhouse ultimoFebruary 23, 2023

Image: Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal concept design


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 here.

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Clio Ellis | Powerhouse 
clio.ellis@maas.musem | 0450 492 745

Kirsty Randles | Powerhouse | 0402 021 717

About Powerhouse
Powerhouse sits at the intersection of arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues. We are undertaking a landmark $1.4 billion infrastructure renewal program, spearheaded by the creation of the flagship museum, Powerhouse Parramatta; expanded research and public facilities at Powerhouse Castle Hill; the renewal of the iconic Powerhouse in Ultimo; and the ongoing operation of Sydney Observatory. The museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia. We are also undertaking an expansive digitisation project that will provide new levels of access to Powerhouse collections.