Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility
Community Consultation on the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility (JPACF) Business Case was undertaken from 16 February 2017 to 30 March 2017.
A report is currently being prepared for Council on the outcomes of the consultation. This report will be used to inform Council in its decision-making process.
Overall consultation results will also be available on the City’s Community Consultation page for viewing, with individual responses remaining confidential.
For further information on this project, please contact the City on 9400 4292 or via email.
The JPACF Business Case, along with a number of supporting documents are provided on this page.
Since the 1990s, the City has considered the need for a dedicated performing arts and cultural facility to provide local opportunities for residents to participate in and experience cultural events.
Extensive research has been commissioned by the City of Joondalup for this project with several studies being undertaken since 2001. The most recent feasibility study (2012) further supported the development of a performing arts and cultural facility in Joondalup.
Generating new visitors from across the metropolitan area as well as tourists, such a facility will boost the local economy, create new jobs and further establish the Joondalup City Centre as a destination and the capital of the Northern Corridor of Perth.
In addition to the creation of local employment opportunities, it is estimated the facility will:
- Foster a culture of inclusion and civic participation, facilitate the development of cognitive skills and self-confidence and support mental and physical health and wellbeing
- Increase access to art and cultural experiences
- Connect audiences and artists
- Increase creative output in the region and the pool of creative individuals - leading to the growth of creative industries such as advertising, software programming, publishing and architecture.
The project will deliver positive economic and social return on investment to the City of Joondalup and its ratepayers.
Design and proposed inclusions
In April 2013, the City commenced an international architectural design competition for the project, receiving 21 submissions.
ARM Architecture was endorsed by Council as the winner of the architectural design competition for their Art Box concept in April 2014. A People’s Choice vote was also undertaken and was awarded to ARM Architecture.
The proposed performing arts and cultural facility will feature:
- An 850 seat main auditorium of international standard, including a fly tower, with lighting and acoustic specifications of a high standard
- A 200 seat black box theatre to accommodate a variety of non-traditional theatre stagings and performances
- A range of rehearsal spaces that could also serve as places for small performances and general community activities
- Theatre support spaces such as a box office, green room, make up and change areas, backstage workshops and storage
- A dedicated art gallery
- Jinan Chinese Cultural Garden
- Conferencing and exhibition spaces
- Spaces for the practice of fine arts and crafts
- Curatorial space
- Bar and catering facilities
- Office and managerial spaces
- Multi-storey car parking to cater for staff and patrons of the facility and day-time public parking.
Should the facility proceed, it will be located at 3 Teakle Court, Joondalup, which adjoins Central Park and the Joondalup Learning Precinct. This property, owned by the City, is ideally located close to public transport and facilities to maximise potential and usage.
Financial modelling has been assessed by City officers and independent, external experts – experienced in the construction and management of similar facilities. Design and construction
These costs have been considered and included as part of the City’s 20 year Strategic Financial Plan.
Based on current market rates the project is estimated to cost $99.7 million to plan, design and construct. The City has already implemented strategies to fund the costs and if the project proceeds will have a projected $37.5 million in dedicated reserves to help fund the project. The remaining costs will be funded by a $10 million grant and by borrowings of $57.8 million.
In addition, funds from Tamala Park land sales are forecast to provide an additional $46.7 million to the City during the operating stage of the performing arts and cultural facility. Income from these sales will be used to pay down debt associated with the facility.
Annual operating costs
Based on detailed modelling and reviews of other similar facilities in Australia, it is anticipated that an ongoing annual contribution of $863,000 will need to be made to the facility by the City.
Based on population forecasts, market analysis and feasibility studies; there is evidence that there is currently a significant under-provision of performing arts and cultural facility within Perth’s northern corridor.
Additionally, research indicates that such a facility will be extensively used, generate employment opportunities and encourage exposure to and uptake of the creative arts among City residents and residents of neighbouring localities.
The plan to include a multi-storey carpark as part of the construction, which can be used by patrons to the area, will also help alleviate future parking needs within the vicinity of the facility.
The City has prepared an extensive business case with the input of external experts, to assess the feasibility of a purpose-built facility. The working name for the project is the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility (JPACF).
The business case includes a thorough, expert-reviewed analysis of the feasibility of the project in terms of:
- Needs of the growing metropolitan population
- Demand of the local population to access such facilities
- Ability to attract major performing arts companies
- Capital construction costs
- Ongoing operational costs/revenue
- Design options to maximise flexibility
- Assessment of social and economic impacts
- Sources of funding
- Risk assessment (including variability of cash flows, returns and impacts on the City).
Throughout its development, the business case has been reviewed by a number of consultancy firms to ensure that economic, social and financial projections were accurate and presented in a balanced way.
The business case has been reviewed and approved by Council for the purpose of public comment.