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Karratha Cultural Arts Centre


Beginning in September 2016, the $55m Red Earth Arts Precinct was officially complete in February this year and is already winning praise left, right and centre! Located at the entrance of the city, it will bring culture inside and outside of Karratha to life. The development includes an arts centre, gallery space, an outdoor event space with an amphitheatre as well as a new library and space for the local history office.

The Project team consisted of Builder, Doric, who awarded the ceiling and wall package to Ceiling & Wall Contracting (CWC), and KB Carpentry. Rondo Partner Network Distributer, Superb Group, provided supply of various Rondo products. Rondo was engaged by Architecture firm, Peter Hunt Architects early in the documentation stages of the project, allowing an ease of understanding between all parties.

Rondo’s Technical Team provided specific engineered designs for the sensitive seismic requirements and bespoke feature ceiling and wall linings. The featured triangular foyer ceiling and high internal wall framing were designed specific to the project, offering the Architect, Builder & subcontractor, clear Rondo installation configurations to meet the project requirements.

Being set up logistically, CWC were in the perfect position to supply and install on this project with minimal disruption. All in all, the community precinct received a $14.5m investment through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions initiative.

Other facilities include a war memorial, a 450-seat standard theatre, a rooftop terrace, entry foyer, administration office and a gallery.

Now events such as the Melbourne Comedy Festival will have more than just a basketball court to visit when they come to Karratha.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct will certainly make a huge contribution to the cultural and social success of the Pilbara region in the years to come.