Roundhouse is coming full circle
Sydney's most round venue is returning to its former glory (and then some) with renovations complete in under 3 months. The interior and exterior of the venue is bustling with activity and at any one time now there are 80 workers on site working on everything from sealing, to painting to electrics. Interior fixtures like sliding room dividers have now been installed giving us a good sense of the venue's versatility.
On a recent visit, Head of Venue Jason Lyons remarked "the natural light just pours into the venue through the huge skylight" and the expanded beergarden "truly enmeshes the indoors and outdoors so effortlessly". The expanded front entrance facing Anzac Parade is now completed and with the Kensington/ Kingsford leg of the Light Rail now under construction we are looking forward to being even more connected to the CBD in 2019.
Save the date!
Roundhouse can now confirm that it will be operational from February 19th - just in time for O-Week. As the home of student life it's important that we can return the venue for student usage during our busiest student event. The venue will be hosting a 1000 person movie night, an epic comedy festival as well as plenty of tailored student events for various Clubs & Societies. There will be DJs and live music in the enlarged beergarden so save the date to come check it out!
Critical infrastructure like bathrooms and kitchens have been largely completed and sealed off from construction. Elements like the classy wooden paneling and bright undulating ceiling are now taking form so its easy to imagine how huge music events and classy conference iterations will be imagined inside.
We’re close to hitting the halfway mark with our UNSW Roundhouse renovations.
In the past week our kitchen extension has been given a roof over its head. A larger kitchen with a roof over its head means more space for food preparation, and in turn, a greater capacity to serve delicious meals to more guests.
In-ceiling services have also continued to progress, with sprinklers, mechanical and electrical wiring being fitted out. The most exciting development has been the commencement of the fit-out works, including the walls, ceilings and bathrooms giving more shape to the internal structure and making the Roundy start to look like her old self again.
Next up is the upstairs – Club Bar and breakout rooms – full refurbishments so that Clubs & Societies will have top-class spaces to run events and activities.
Our builders have been working tirelessly throughout these chilly months to return our beloved Roundhouse to her former glory.
As a patron, you would never know, but surrounding the Roundhouse main room and beergarden is an expansive network of private spaces that includes a full-scale industrial kitchen. This kitchen has catered 1000 person Yum Cha, some of Sydney’s finest chefs and regular cooking classes for TAFE. With so much utility, we’ve expanded the kitchen and its extension slab is now poured. Once the slab is dry, we’ll be able to install a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen to cater our biggest events.
Major works have also continued on the rest of the building with all structural steel strengthening works close to completion. A stronger Roundhouse will mean it’s more able to hold our world class sound and light technology. In turn, that means the parties and gigs we host are going to be more breathtaking than ever before.
It’s out with the old now in with the new.
Our beloved Roundhouse has been gutted to be away from its fans, and recently, its been physically gutted too. On the plus side, we’ve waved farewell to the famously odourous carpet. After 2 months of knock-down and stripping work all internal and external demolition on the building is now complete, which means the construction can really begin.
The insertion of in-ground hydraulics have commenced, as has the steel strengthening work to the existing structural steel to cater for an additional air conditioning plant. A central feature of all renovations is the retention of Roundhouse’s iconic character. In keeping with this, our architects have opted for some unique internal beams with an arched shape that will emphasise the circularity of Roundhouse which makes it so special.
Stay tuned for more updates on Roundhouse progress as we look forward to the big reopening in 2018.