Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility
At its December 2015 meeting Joondalup Council voted to progress the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility (JPACF) project to the schematic design stage.
The need for a regional performing arts and cultural facility was identified in the 1992 Joondalup Cultural Plan, with land for the proposed site of the JPACF purchased in 2006 at 3 Teakle Court, Joondalup. A Market Analysis and Feasibility Study undertaken in 2012 reinforced the notion that there was a significant under-provision of performing arts and cultural facilities in Perth’s northern corridor. A 2013 Committee for Perth report titled Examining Perth’s Performing Infrastructure also indicated a shortage of performing arts venues in Perth and a growing demand for suitable facilities.
The JPACF Business Case was developed over several years with input from expert consultants, performing arts facility managers, the Department of Culture and the Arts, Perth Theatre Trust and other key stakeholders. The JPACF is an investment by Council and the City in greater social capital, as well as arts and culture, it will drive greater economic development opportunity, and it further positions Joondalup as a major tourist hub and Destination City of choice.
The JPACF project will now move to the schematic design stage, to be undertaken by ARM Architecture, winner of the JPACF Architectural Design Competition. Upon completion of this stage Council will have the option to reassess the status of the project before proceeding to the design development stage.
The proposed JPACF design includes:
- Lyric theatre of 850 seats with orchestra pit, proscenium and fly tower suitable for staging drama, dance and musical events
- 200 seat flexible black box theatre to accommodate a variety of performance types
- Rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and other theatre support spaces
- Single foyer serving both theatres designed to service as a reception and exhibition space
- Dedicated art gallery and curatorial storage
- Drawing and painting studio and craft studio
- Food and beverage spaces
- Conference and function facilities
- Management offices
- Car parking.
It is proposed that the Jinan Chinese Cultural Garden is incorporated with the JPACF.
The JPACF site is located in the Joondalup City Centre adjoining Central Park and the Joondalup Learning Precinct.
The City has been considering the need for a cultural or performing arts facility within Joondalup since the early 1990s.
The Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility will represent a special milestone in the development of the City. Since its inception as the northern regional centre of Perth, the City has witnessed the construction of significant infrastructure including the Joondalup Health Campus, Edith Cowan University, West Coast Institute of Training, WA Police Academy, Arena Joondalup and the City Administration, Civic Centre and Library. The JPACF will add a new dimension to the City Centre and is a key component in the development of the region’s cultural identity and social harmony through contemporary multicultural arts practice.
Purchase of the site for the proposed facility was finalised with the Department of Education and Training in 2006. The site is located at 3 Teakle court in the Joondalup City Centre adjoining Central Park and the Joondalup Learning Precinct, consisting of the West Coast Institute of Training, Edith Cowan University and the Joondalup Police Academy. The site is located in close proximity to the Joondalup train station, the Civic Centre and Library.
At present the City is assessing the feasibility of the project in terms of:
- Needs of a growing urban population
- Need for local stakeholders and residents to access facilities
- Attracting major performing arts companies
- Capital construction costs
- Ongoing operational costs/revenue
- Design options that provide maximum flexibility in the use of available space.
Assessment of the above will culminate in:
- Details of user and stakeholder consultation that will determine need and justification for the facility
- Development plan for the proposed design option
- Financial strategy
- Risk assessment report
- Business case.
In June 2010, Council endorsed the Project Philosophy and Parameters for the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility. The overriding philosophy for the development is the provision of a place for the pursuit of activities such as performing arts, visual arts and crafts, film and media, writing and cultural events for the community of Perth’s northern corridor. The Facility will aspire to:
- Create synergies with the existing educational institutions and reinforce the Joondalup City Centre as the creative and educational centre of the northern corridor
- Provide a world class, state of the art centre incorporating innovative and sustainable design, that is architecturally symbiotic with the existing natural and built environment
- Project an ambience of cultural significance, providing an easily recognised entry statement to the City that creates strong visual and physical linkages to existing and future civic buildings, educational precinct, green areas and transport hub
- Become a place to celebrate imagination and creativity, inspiring individuals and the community to take part in culture and the arts and raise the aspirations of all users
- Create an inclusive environment where people of all ages and levels of cultural awareness can develop and nurture a strong sense of the possibilities that the arts can provide
- Provide a facility that can host a mixture of commercial and community activities that supports the viability and attraction of the venue.
In September 2010, Council endorsed the terms of reference and composition of the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility Steering Committee. The primary objective of the Steering Committee is to provide leadership for, and oversight of the planning and design of the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility. The Committee consists of:
- Elected Members
- Representatives from Edith Cowan University, WA Police Academy and the West Coast Institute of Training
- Representative from the Department of Culture and the Arts
- External individuals with specialist expertise
- Representatives from community arts groups located within the City of Joondalup.
The Steering Committee meets on a regular basis to ensure progress on this exciting development project is maintained in line with Council and community expectations.
Architectural Design Competition
The City of Joondalup congratulates Ashton Raggatt McDougall Pty Ltd (ARM Architecture) on winning the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility Architectural Design Competition.
The competition was held over two stages with Stage One commencing in April 2013 with a request for Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced architects interested in preparing a detailed conceptual design for the JPACF.
The City received 21 submissions for Stage One of the competition. These submissions were evaluated against compliance criteria and the following four finalists were chosen to develop a conceptual design during Stage Two of the competition:
- Ashton Raggatt McDougall Pty Ltd t/a ARM Architecture
- Kerry Hill Architects Pty Ltd
- Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Ltd/Iredale Pedersen Hook Pty Ltd
- Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland
The four finalists developed conceptual designs in accordance with the Stage Two architectural design brief.
The four submissions were subsequently evaluated by the Stage Two evaluation panel in accordance with the competition evaluation criteria.
The recommendations from the evaluation panel were considered by the JPACF Steering Committee and Council subsequently endorsed ARM Architecture as the winner of the competition.
The Stage Two conceptual designs from the four entrants can be viewed on online.
People’s Choice Vote
ARM Architecture was also voted as the People’s Choice conceptual design.
The People’s Choice voting process was run concurrently with the Stage Two architectural design competition evaluation period in accordance with the process endorsed by Council.
The four conceptual designs were displayed electronically on the City’s website and visual displays were arranged in the City’s libraries, the Craigie Leisure Centre and the City of Joondalup administration building. The display for each of the four designs consisted of six individual artist impressions and a written concept description provided by each of the competitors.