The City of Ryde Council engaged Hawkridge Entertainment Services to the project team that will deliver the ‘New Heart of Ryde’, a Civic, Community & Cultural Hub at Top Ryde.
Hawkridge Entertainment Services has assisted the City of Ryde Council in the design of the Community and Cultural Hub, providing specialist infrastructure design advise on spatial requirements, operational requirements, consequences and outcomes, researching technical solutions as well as advising on financial consequences and opportunities and peer reviewing work. The team will continue to provide strategic advise to the delivery team as the design process continues.
The project will deliver a Community and Cultural Hub that has a range of facilities for the community including:
- 700-seat multipurpose performance space;
- 450-seat flat-floor function/event space;
- Meeting rooms;
- Rehearsal room;
- Community activity rooms;
- Exhibition/Event space.
The project also includes the development of contemporary office accommodation, commercial floor space, a public plaza and on-site parking all within easy reach of Top Ryde Shopping Centre and its surrounds.
The tender to design and construct The New Heart of Ryde has been awarded to Taylor Construction Group, a highly regarded and experienced delivery partner that has completed many significant commercial, community and residential projects across NSW.
The tender was awarded following a comprehensive Expression of Interest and tender process that commenced in October last year.
Council’s decision to proceed with The New Heart of Ryde follows a comprehensive community consultation process undertaken through 2019, which found there was overwhelming support for the project, with 85 percent of respondents in favour.