Old Hill plans uncovered
THE cultural centre plans and drawings you are looking at on this page are 12 years old and are likely to bear little resemblance to new plans for a performance space on lower City Hill proposed by the current Coffs Harbour City Council.
They were extracted from a ‘musty’ file by architect Vilny Brickman. He produced them in 1998 for the Coffs Harbour City Council of the day, with an estimated cost of $23 million for the cultural centre component, to seat 1200 people. The same design today is likely to cost about $50 million. The designs were part of a comprehensive plan for the 11-hectare site, which included a convention centre, council administration building and residential development. Mr Brickman welcomed new proposals to select City Hill for a performance space, although the hill made a difficult site.
“A whole-site analysis needs to happen and that will be done as matter of course,” he said.
Mr Brickman’s files also show the current proposal will be at least the third for a major cultural development on City Hill.
One of two previous designs by then-government architect Colin Still for an arts centre on the site in the 1980s won a design award for an unbuilt building. Mr Brickman said some of its environmental features were well ahead of the time.