Gosford Regional Performing Arts and Conference Centre
Client: Central Coast Council
An exciting new Regional Performing Arts and Conference Centre (RPACC) is being developed for Gosford. The Centre will foster the continued development of arts and culture and boost tourism and employment in a region recognised for the strength of its artistic community.
The newly formed Central Coast Council is developing a new arts and entertainment facility on Gosford’s foreshore. The Centre will be a cornerstone of the waterfront arts and cultural precinct and fulfil an important community need.
Diligent strategic planning will support a flexible multi-use facility to meet the needs of the local community, and attract business and tourism to the region.
Council engaged The Maytrix Group and project partners Positive Solutions and Setting Line Theatre Consulting to complete a strategic review of earlier concepts for the proposed facility, followed by a feasibility study and business case. Analysis included an in-depth review of other performing arts centres, function venues and other facilities in the Central Coast region. There was also extensive process of consultation with local and state government and potential hirers, to determine optimal configuration to meet demand and provide strategic advantage across Council-owned venues.
Informed by benchmarking and consultation with similar venues, a concept brief was prepared to aid Council‘s decision making, examining factors such as auditorium capacity, technical requirements and catering infrastructure to maximise utilisation of the facility. The concept brief and supporting layout options by Kerstin Thomson Architects informed development of a 5-year forecast operating budget and implementation plan supporting Council, State and Federal investment for the facility.
A robust feasibility study was completed for the facility including strategic programming options, an area schedule and concept brief framing design development.
A full five-year business plan was then produced to support forward planning for the Centre.