Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal

Artists impression of brown brick building.
Artist’s impression of Powerhouse Ultimo created by Mogamma

A transformative $480–$500 million investment by the NSW Government to reinvigorate one of Australia’s most revered and loved museums, Powerhouse Ultimo.

The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo deliver a dynamic applied arts and sciences programming with a focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that showcase the Powerhouse collection, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the creative industries. It will deliver new and refurbished exhibition and public spaces, connecting Powerhouse Ultimo to the Sydney CBD, exploring opportunities to re-orient the Powerhouse to the Goods Line and connecting it to nearby dining, entertaining and cultural precincts. Powerhouse Ultimo will become a vitalising force in a vibrant precinct that actively contributes to the growing night-time and visitor economies.


Project status

Stage One State Significant Developent Application:

A Concept State Significant Development Application (SSDA) was submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for the renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo in June 2022. The SSDA was prepared to establish the design guidelines, principles and development controls for the future detailed design, construction and operation of buildings and public domain spaces that will be separately detailed and assessed at the next stage of the project.

The Concept SSDA was on exhibition for public comment from 21 June – 21 July 2022 and submissions are now being assessed by DPE.  The application, which includes the Environmental Impact Statement, Urban Design Report, Draft Conservation Management Plan and supporting Technical Reports, remain available to view online on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Major Projects Portal.

For more information:
Email: consultation@ethosurban.com
Phone: 1800 870 549

Design Excellence Competition:

On Monday 25 July, the NSW Government launched an Expression of Interest for the future national Design Competition for the Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal. The winning concept from the Competition will inform a second detailed SSDA and there will be further opportunities for community consultation before plans are finalised. Learn more.

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The Powerhouse is undertaking significant transformation through the renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo, the creation of Powerhouse Parramatta, expansion of Powerhouse Castle Hill and the digitisation of the Powerhouse collection.


Powerhouse Ultimo Draft Conservation Management Plan

View the Powerhouse Ultimo Draft Consultation Management Plan submitted as part of the Concept State Significant Development Application for Powerhouse Ultimo. The main objective of this Conservation Management Plan is to enable the sustainable management of the heritage elements of the Powerhouse site. It is a strategic reference document to help inform the ongoing conservation of the site and future decision making.

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