New Bendigo theatre build well underway: Photos, video

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Just over a year into the construction of Bendigo's new Ulumbarra Theatre, the state-of-the-art complex is beginning to take shape.

Most of the slabs have been laid, the external fly tower is complete and the framing for the auditorium seating is underway.

Take a tour of the Ulumbarra Theatre construction site here.

City of Greater Bendigo Capital Theatre manager David Lloyd said construction was tracking well, despite some inclement weather, and was expected to be finished by early next year.

"We're certainly running on budget and on time," Mr Lloyd said.

"Unfortunately there's been a fair bit of rain which has slowed down the work a little bit.

"But once we have the roof on it means we can get the trades in and we'll start to move forward really quickly from there."

The $25.8 million project will include a 1000 seat theatre, music, dance and drama studios for Bendigo Senior Secondary College students and outdoor performance spaces.

It will also host an orchestra pit, a fly tower to fly props across the stage and a fully-equipped commercial learning kitchen for hospitality training.

Mr Lloyd said the redevelopment and restoration of the existing heritage building would give some extra character to the final building.

"In terms of the heritage component, that's pretty much all done now. We've opened up some of the jail cells so we have a box office and cloakroom in the Marong wing of the old Bendigo Gaol," Mr Lloyd said.

He said it was exciting to see the project start to come together.

"With a build like this we spend a lot of time preparing the foundations and the framework, but now that it's really up and out of the ground, it's amazing to go on site," Mr Lloyd said.

"You can really see the scale of it. It's a massive project for Bendigo and you don't get a sense of it until you're there, you can see who impressive the space will be."


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