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.
POWERHOUSE ULTIMO FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY PARTNER
Foundation University Partner, the University of Technology Sydney, has committed $10 million to Powerhouse Ultimo, a significant investment that will help boldly reimagine the Ultimo precinct, realised through the landmark $480-500 million renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo. The institutions will work together to foster a dynamic creative industry ecology and expand the international profile of Australian design and fashion both nationally and internationally.
UTS will become a supporting partner of the Powerhouse Ultimo creative industries academy, which will house an immersive education and professional hub that connects local and regional students with industry leaders. Work-integrated learning opportunities will extend to student internships plus work experience with key collaborators. First Nations will be a key collaborative focus area, establishing joint programs with the future UTS Indigenous Residential College and collaborating to integrate the UTS Galuwa Experience (an existing program for Indigenous high school students) into broader First Nations programming at Powerhouse Ultimo.
Research will be another core focus, with intention to expand original research and industry development across the creative industries sector, made accessible via Powerhouse public programs. UTS research students will have the opportunity to collaborate with Creative Industries Residents and utilise the resources of the Powerhouse Archives.
The partnership will enable co-design of opportunities to activate and animate the public domain adjoining the Goods Line and Harris Street.
STAGE ONE STATE SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT 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.
On Monday 25 July 2022, the NSW Government launched an Expression of Interest for the future national Design Competition for the Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal. On Thursday 8 September 2022, five design teams were shortlisted and invited to participate in the Design Competition, commencing later in September 2022.
Shortlisted design teams are invited to bring their own expansive concepts and ambitions to enable the Powerhouse to expand its infrastructure, renew and rethink how the precinct can be programmed, and expand its network of collaborators across the creative industries.
The winning concept from the Competition will inform a second detailed State Significant Development Application, providing further opportunities for community consultation. Learn more.
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 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.