Sydney Opera House - VAPS and Opera Theatre Renewal

Doug Southwell
Scott Carver Pty, Sydney

In 2010, the Sydney Opera House embarked on the Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety (VAPS) project, which liberated the forecourt of 1,000 vehicles per week. This project involved mining 15 meters under the World Heritage icon, some 12 meters below sea level. With challenging design and construction logistics, this project created a large vehicle and materials-handling venue to service and future-proof the needs of the Sydney Opera House, the world’s busiest performing-arts venue.

This presentation discussec the design challenges of VAPS, which was completed in 2015. The project involved bringing together a design consultant team of 23 specialists, integrating the design and documentation through BIM, with a strong focus on the facilities management needs of the Opera House, following construction. The second half of the presentation focused on the Joan Sutherland Theatre (JST) renewal program currently underway onsite. As part of the current Renewal Works at the Sydney Opera House, the JST (Opera Theatre) project includes complete replacement of the stage equipment, new acoustic upgrades to the theater and orchestra pit; and a series of accessibility projects that provide new, equitable connections through the theater and foyer spaces.

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