Works are currently underway at Her Majesty’s to address conservation heritage features and improve the structure and safety of this iconic theatre. With the aid of a $2 million-dollar Living Heritage grant provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) via Heritage Victoria, the first stage of the works is underway. This work includes localized replacement of the roof and internal box gutter, as well as external façade repairs and stormwater system remediation. It further addresses significant rising damp remediation, upgrade of fire safety systems and emergency lighting systems, conservation works to heritage urinals, and remediation works to trusses over stage with minor structural repair works over the auditorium. These works are due for completion by February 2019.
The City of Ballarat has allocated $5.3 million in its 2018/19 budget for the next stage of works, the completion of which would allow for the safe reopening of the venue but would not guarantee the longevity of its future. These works will include structural renewal of the stage, development of a comprehensive fire strategy and implementation of recommended works, an upgrade of the existing passenger lift, works to improve balcony and balustrade safety, provision of accessible toilets, and provision of accessible seating in the dress circle. These works will also include a new box office and refreshment bar, foyer signage, and display system.
The further $15 million-dollars is being sought from the state and federal governments and would guarantee the ongoing operation and safety of Her Majesty’s for generations to come. These works would include an upgraded and expanded wing space, new passenger lift to stage area, new power flying system, new extended fly system, new green room and large dressing room, installation of the thrust stage/new orchestra pit, refurbishment and fit out of administration space, and installation of a quiet room.
There is much to be done, and we can’t do it without your support. Visit the Wall of Support to add your voice to the campaign or donate here to contribute to the capital works required at Her Majesty’s. Every voice and every cent counts and will make a difference.