Adelaide theatre wins building excellence award
Tuesday, 1 March 2022
adelaideAdelaide’s oldest continually operating theatre
Australia - Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide has delivered another performance, winning a major award at the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Professional Excellence in Building Awards at the weekend.
The redeveloped theatre took out the Commercial Construction ($60m+) Award nationally, awarded to Hansen Yuncken in recognition of individual building professionals who have demonstrated leadership and assisted the on-time and on-budget delivery of exceptional construction projects.
Originally opened in 1913, Adelaide’s oldest continually operating theatre was transformed into a larger and more accessible venue with modern facilities - its $66m redevelopment was unveiled in June 2020.
The redevelopment was built by national construction company Hansen Yuncken and designed by Adelaide-based COX Architecture, and managed by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Adelaide Festival Centre.
The project employed more than 150 construction workers at its peak and engaged a 90 per cent South Australian work force, including specialist artisan contractors and local craftspeople.
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and artistic director Douglas Gautier comments: “We are delighted to see Her Majesty’s Theatre receive the great recognition it deserves and for the spectacular work done by the team at Hansken Yuncken on this much loved Australian arts venue.
“This award further highlights the building and creative talent we have here in South Australia and our ability to design and deliver world class architecture when we collaborate with passionate people and share a vision for excellence.”
Hansen Yuncken project director and construction manager Scott Brumfield adds, “Hansen Yuncken is proud to have received this national recognition for the Her Majesty’s Theatre redevelopment.
“This showcases the passion for this project to be delivered at an exceptional standard, using skilled trades and a wonderful collaboration with Adelaide Festival Centre.”
‘The Maj’ has showcased many big names across 108 years including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Gracie Fields, Bill Haley and His Comets, Maggie Smith, Chris Isaak, Archie Roach, Alan Cumming and Paul Kelly.
Upcoming shows at the theatre include The Picture of Dorian Gray, Girl From The North Country, Archie Roach - Tell Me Why, pop act Human Nature and Broadway and West End hit SIX The Musical.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June will also have performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre this year including world premiere show Songs My Mother Taught Me featuring Artistic Director Tina Arena.

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