Hamer Hall, Melbourne

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Hamer Hall
Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre
Hamer Hall interior pano.jpg
The interior of Hamer Hall as seen from the back of the stage
Former names Melbourne Concert Hall
General information
Type Concert Hall
Location Australia Southbank, Victoria
Coordinates 37°49′13″S 144°58′6″E / 37.82028°S 144.96833°E / -37.82028; 144.96833Coordinates: 37°49′13″S 144°58′6″E / 37.82028°S 144.96833°E / -37.82028; 144.96833
Construction started 1973
Completed 1982
Owner The Victorian Arts Centre Trust
Other dimensions 2,661 seat concert hall
Design and construction
Architect Roy Grounds and Company
Other designers John Truscott

Hamer Hall (formerly the Melbourne Concert Hall) is a 2,661 seat concert hall, the largest venue in the Arts Centre complex, used for orchestra and contemporary music performances. It was opened in 1982, and was later renamed Hamer Hall in honour of Sir Rupert Hamer (the 39th Premier of Victoria) shortly after his death in 2004.

2010 redevelopment[edit]

Construction on the A$128.5 million redevelopment of Hamer Hall was due to begin in 2010. The Hamer Hall redevelopment is the first stage of the Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment and will be delivered through an alliance between Arts Victoria, Major Projects Victoria, the Arts Centre, Ashton Raggatt McDougall and the Baulderstone. The redevelopment of Hamer Hall will include a new outlook to the city and new connections to central Melbourne, St Kilda Road and the Yarra River, new and expanded foyer spaces, better amenities, new stairs, better disability access, escalators and lifts, and improved acoustics, new auditorium seating, cutting-edge staging systems.[1]