Theatre Twyford Development
The Theatre Twyford will be a purpose-built raked theatre adjacent to the existing Twyford Hall with a seating capacity of 199, as well as two dressing rooms, a backstage loading dock, a lift-accessible foyer, control room, stage manager desk, box office/cafe bar and theatre office.
The project has the support of state and federal members, the local shire council, theatre dance and music groups, arts groups and community organisations.
A Development Application was lodged with Bega Valley Shire Council and approved with conditions on 24 July 2007.
In the Council`s Media Release dated 27 July 2007, the Mayor is quoted as saying “This is an exciting project and it will have enormous benefits for the whole shire. The committee has worked very hard to ensure the existing facility is well managed and makes a positive contribution to the social and cultural fabric of the local and broader region.”
Cost Benefit Analysis
The Twyford Hall Incorporated Committee commissioned a detailed Cost Benefit Analysis in June 2015 and the Report was finalised in August 2015.
The Consultant, ECONTEXT Economics and Allied Consulting, reported that a Benefit to Cost Ratio of 1.30 will arise with the establishment of the proposed Theatre Twyford. That is, for every dollar spent on the project a benefit of one dollar thirty cents flows to the Region and is a very healthy ratio in cost benefit terms. The benefit was measured over a 30 year project horizon which is short for a project of this kind. Twyford Hall for example was built in 1931 and is still going strong. Over a 50 year project life and reducing the discount rate to 2.0% and increasing the utilisation rate raises the BCR to 1.70.
The methodology applied in the CBA was stringent and conservative.
Nevertheless , from the first year of operations, the quantified benefits was estimated to well exceed the costs of operating the proposed theatre.
In 2018, the NSW State Government announced a grant of 7.4 million from the Regional Communities Development Fund towards the cost of building the Theatre.
Funds were eventually released in February 2019.
Construction Project Management
The Construction Sub-Committee of Twyford Hall Inc oversaw the project until August 2021 when the new Board of The Twyford Hall Complex Ltd came into being.
Construction project managers Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC) were appointed in April 2019.
Mr Richard Stuart is the theatre consultant on the fitout project and local lighting and sound technicians GCLX and JMC Productions have also participated in the planning.
EOIs from potential builders closed on 19 June and building tenders closed in September 2019. The winning bid by Monarch Building Solutions was announced in December 2019.
Building commenced in February 2020. Building was paused in mid 2021 due to AHIP delays and COVID impacts on builder delay costs.
Final funding to complete is now being sought and the theatre is expected to be completed later in 2022.
We are seeking additional funding for this project
The grant funding received from the NSW Government will enable us to build the theatre building, but additional funds are now needed to complete and commission services and complete the fitout.
If you would like to support The Twyford for the benefit of the Merimbula Community, please consider a fully tax-deductible donation (we are a registered arts charity) or talk to us about a sponsorship.Donate Now
Please see our FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about the building of the theatre and its impact on the rest of the venue.