Albert Hall Redevelopment Progressing Well

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The $16 million redevelopment of the eastern wing of Launceston’s iconic Albert Hall is progressing well, with several important areas of construction now complete.

The project is reconstructing the 1980s-era eastern wing extension to bring a range of enhancements to Albert Hall, and is expected to be completed by March 2025 – supported by $11 million from the Australian Government, over $5.5 million from the City of Launceston, and $60,000 from the Tasmanian Government.

It’s part of the $603 million Launceston City Deal, which is a 10-year partnership between all three levels of government aimed at transforming Launceston into Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional city.

Redevelopment works began in November 2023, following widespread stakeholder engagement in 2020 that sought feedback from users about the upgrades required.

Substantial demolition began onsite in late February 2024 with removal of brick walls and clearing of the ground floor and café area, and will continue throughout this month.

Plywood hoarding has been erected in front of the hall’s heritage wall to protect the brickwork from demolition and construction activities, as well as protecting it from unauthorised access.

Other works underway include concrete footings and structure work, electrical mains upgrades, installation of a new accessible corridor between the lifts and basement dressing rooms and fine detailing of the façade cladding system.

Service upgrades and infrastructure works are also being completed under the existing car park, with sewer and stormwater mains, the water supply and the fire hydrant main ring already installed.

The investigation and survey process of the existing service areas and the building in general have been completed.

External site sheds have now been installed so work can start in the John Duncan room and northern foyer.

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Kristy McBain MP:

“Having visited Albert Hall last year, I know it holds a special place in the community, which is why we’re investing $11 million to safeguard it, and to bring new life into what is one of Launceston’s most significant heritage-listed buildings.

“These works will modernise the existing hall, integrate it into City Park and enhance its capabilities as a contemporary meeting, exhibition and performance space.”

Quotes attributable to Senator for Tasmania, Helen Polley:

“The overarching goal of the work we’re doing is to ensure one of Tasmania’s most significant heritage buildings becomes a contemporary, fit-for-purpose community asset that will continue to service the community for many years to come.

“Construction has progressed smoothly since it began in November last year and I thank the community for their patience as we create what will be a lasting legacy for the region.”

Quotes attributable to City of Launceston Mayor, Matthew Garwood:

“The council understands and welcomes the passion Northern Tasmanians have for the Hall, which was built in 1891 for 14,000 pounds, and was at the time the 11th largest public building in the world.

“The redevelopment of the hall’s eastern wing will improve the usability of the hall, while preserving its iconic façade and rich historic interior features.”

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