Interior of the main auditorium at Rechabites Hall in Northbridge.
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News
Date
1 October 2016

New era for Northbridge in Rechabites revamp

  • Perth Cultural Centre

A new multi-use venue at the heritage-listed Rechabite Hall on William Street will bring another exciting addition to Northbridge’s array of arts, culture and entertainment.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher this week confirmed approval had been granted to redevelop Rechabite Hall into an imaginative combination of arts bar and performance venue.

“The variety of spaces and uses within this one building will provide opportunities for a broad range of people to engage with and enjoy this historic hall,” Mrs Faragher said.

“With the arts and development experience of Adrian Fini and Marcus Canning, the man behind Perth’s FringeWORLD Festival success, I am confident this will be an outstanding and unique venue for Western Australians and visitors to the city.”

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day welcomed the $3 million refurbishment plans which include a basement bar and performance space, food service at ground level, a primary performance space and backstage facilities, as well as a small bar and rooftop terrace bar.

“Rechabite Hall is a cultural icon that has played a long and legendary role as an entertainment and community venue and it is very exciting to see it revived for new generations to enjoy,” Mr Day said.

“It is another excellent example of the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings that has characterised the Liberal National Government’s work to transform Northbridge and build its creative base in recent years.”

Minister Faragher said the nearby Perth Cultural Centre, and the niche William Street precinct, continued to attract thousands of visitors every week.

“A collection of heritage buildings has also been refurbished which will see new food and beverage outlets Whisk Creamery, The Hummus Club, The Chippery & Co. and Comet Pizza opening in William Street in coming weeks,” Mrs Faragher said.