East Sydney's ageing Heffron Hall will be given a 21st-century upgrade to make it more accessible and inviting.
An initial design proposal, approved by Council last week, will see the 1966 building upgraded with more natural light, improved facilities including additional multipurpose hire spaces, a new kitchen and the renewal of the neighbouring Albert Sloss Reserve.
The concept design proposed by Lahznimmo Architects includes solar panels and rainwater tanks installed, and increased use of natural light to make the building more environmentally sustainable.
Accessibility will also be improved with a new foyer, including lift access and entries from Burton Street and Albert Sloss Reserve.
Residents will be able to comment on a more detailed proposal early next year.
This upgrade is part of the work the City is doing to strengthen East Sydney. The multi-million dollar renovation of the Burton Street Tabernacle will be completed next year and reopen as Eternity Playhouse - a 200-seat theatre.
We are also purchasing land from the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to protect and improve a pocket park at the corner of Bourke Street and Stanley Street. And we have provided affordable office and retail spaces along Oxford Street to 16 creative local businesses.