Rooty Hill will be home to a world-class entertainment facility after management from Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre (WSPAC) unveiled plans for the $100 million-dollar development last week.
The 2000 seat theatre will have the capacity to host world-famous stage shows, musicals and concerts, as well as accommodate full ballet companies and symphony orchestras.
“A project of this size has never been undertaken before on this side of the bridge and excitement is already growing,” said WSPAC & Rooty Hill RSL chief executive Richard Errington. He also said the facility was being “built for the community, by the community”.
“It’s 100 percent funded and underwritten by Rooty Hill RSL. There’s not one cent of government or taxpayer money here.”
Mr Errington said the plan for WSPAC began five years ago after the club found it was limited by its’ existing facilities when it came to hosting major entertainment events and productions. The plan originally was to build a concert venue, but the scope soon expanded.
Mr Errington said the building needed to be of a scale that would attract large productions. “When we considered it, we wanted something that would match those in central Sydney,” he said.
Located on the corner of Sherbrooke Street and Francis Road opposite the club, construction for the multi-use entertainment space will begin this month and is due for completion in late 2019.
WSPAC has been designed by Cox Architecture and the project will be built by leading Australian construction company Hansen Yuncken, who has completed numerous landmark projects across the country, including the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania and New Space at The University of Newcastle.
Anticipation around the centre is already building, with a stellar schedule of leading theatre performances and international music acts starting to take shape with some big announcements to be made in early 2018 according to Simon Greally, General Manager Marketing for WSPAC & the RHR Group.
WSPAC is expected to draw more than a million visitors over the next decade, with plans for a five-star Pullman Hotel to be built alongside the centre.
Over the next few years, WSPAC will create hundreds of jobs across the construction, hospitality and entertainment industries. It will also give western Sydney a huge boost to tourism given its proximity to the new international airport set to open in 2026, as well as the M7 and M4 motorways.
For information about the development visit www.wspac.com.au