FAQ Theatre Twyford Construction
An exciting new 200 seat raked theatre will be built adjacent to the existing Twyford Hall, above the existing Twyford Room and adjacent shops on Market Street in 2020-21. The new theatre will include a foyer, box office, theatre office, green rooms and lighting, sound and video box. The existing Twyford Hall will remain operational during the construction but undergo some changes to accommodate the new theatre construction. There will be some disruptions to Hall operations during these changes, but generally it will remain open for most activities. Bookings must be made via our Venue Hire page only.
We look forward to keeping you informed about our new and improved venues for live performances and events. Please subscribe to The Twyford e-News or Like our Facebook page. If you have specific questions about the impact of the project not already covered in this FAQ, please contact us. Getting the development to this stage has taken some 20 years and we thank the community for its support and understanding during the disruptions.
After 20+ years of lobbying, Twyford Hall Inc has been successful in receiving $7.4 million in grant funding from the NSW State Government through the Regional Communities Development Fund. The remainder of the project is being funded through our own resources, private donations and corporate sponsorships. The Twyford Hall Incorporated Theatre Project Building Fund is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) meaning that all donations to the fund over $2 are tax-deductible. If you would like to be part of the success of the new venue you can become a donor or become a sponsor.
Building works have begun and are expected to continue until approximately early 2021. To keep up to date on what is happening, subscribe to The Twyford eNews.
Construction work activity during these times will, wherever possible, be restricted to internal areas of the site. Deliveries are planned to be via the site access on Beach Street. Over long weekends and the Xmas/New Year period, the site will normally be closed.
Plans for the new theatre were developed by local architect Michael Marshman & Associates. Development Approval has been obtained for the work. Project Managers Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC) have been appointed. The successful tender for the construction of the theatre was announced in December 2019 as Monarch Building Solutions from the ACT.
The site office is located in the shop next to the Horizon Bank on Market St (formerly Amelda's Shoes).
Primary access to the site is from Beach Street to the rear of the existing Hall.
Traffic control measures for vehicles and pedestrians will be provided as necessary. From Wednesday 18 March, alterations to Beach Street vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be made to accommodate the establishment of the construction site for the Theatre Twyford Construction Project. The Beach Street loading zone will be relocated to around the corner on Alice Street. Two-way traffic will continue to be maintained on Beach Street, however lane widths will be reduced. Pedestrian traffic will be diverted to the lake side of Beach Street. This traffic and pedestrian management arrangement will remain for the duration of the project. At various times throughout the course of the project, full road closure of Beach Street will be implemented to the Market Street end of Beach Street. Access to Alice Street via Beach Street will remain during these closures as will Beach Street parking. Vehicle traffic in Market and Beach Streets may be busier than usual due to construction vehicles. Should this need to change, eg for services connection or craneage, application to the relevant authorities will be made. Notices - in accordance with the approvals - will be advised via the newspaper, on our website and via e-news. A footpath hoarding will be required in Market Street for the width of the new theatre to allow for safe working overhead. Interruption to foot traffic will occur during the installation and removal of the hoarding. The hoarding structure will be in accordance with council requirements.
The shop in Market Street (formerly Ameldas Shoes) is being used as a site office for the builder. Horizon Bank will remain open during most of the construction period.
Whilst we will endeavour to minimise disruptions to the operations of the venue, for safety and logistical reasons, access to Twyford Hall, the Supper Room, Kitchen and The Twyford Room will be disrupted for short periods at various times to enable the theatre construction to go ahead. A new online booking procedure has been implemented with effect from 1 February 2020 so that all bookings come via THI Operations and require approval by the Building team before they can be confirmed. Bookings must be made via our Venue Hire page or by calling 02 64957435. The Merimbula newsagenct no longer handles bookings.
A list of blackout periods and bookings for each of the venues is maintained on our Calendar.
The Twyford Room on Market Street will generally be closed to the public. It will eventually become the public entrance for the new theatre and include a lift and stairwell to the new theatre foyer on the first floor.
Twyford Hall will continue to operate most of the time. Theatre construction being carried out adjacent to the Hall may limit availability from time to time, particularly during the day but builders will be mindful of existing bookings. The doors of the Hall along the side walls, currently used as a second doorway into the Supper Room, access to the toilets and as an exit into the Twyford Room, will be impacted at various times. See the diagram at the top of this page for details.
The Twyford Hall stage depth has been shortened by approximately 3 metres to accommodate construction of the new theatre backstage area and loading dock. Electrical work has been completed to move the sound box to the front of the proscenium at stage right. The lighting bars are still in place but there are no stage lights apart from the quartz lights to the front and side of the stage. See the Venue Hire - Twyford Hall for details of dimensions. The final configuration of the hall stage will be somewhat deeper once the loading dock work has been completed. The stage in the new Theatre will be larger than the existing Twyford Hall stage.
The shed at the back of the Green Room has been removed from the site. The Twyford Hall Green Room is being removed from the premises to enable construction to begin. Two new green rooms will be built as part of the new theatre development.
The bio box at the back of Twyford Hall will be restricted, and items belonging to Spectrum Theatre Group will be removed. The new Theatre will have new lighting, sound, video and communication systems in place. The Operations group is currently looking at options for a more flexible tech desk at the rear of the Hall.
The Twyford Hall Supper Room will be downsized, losing about 10 square metres at the Market St end from commencement of construction. The only access will be via the main Beach Street foyer entrance. The Market St end of the Twyford Hall Supper Room where the tables are currently store will be walled off and converted to a sprinkler pump room. Most chairs and tables will then be stored at the rear of the Hall.
The existing box office will close and be replaced by a new box office/foyer as part of the Theatre project. The old box office will become the electrical plant room for the venue.
Access to the Hall toilets will be maintained during the course of the works, though the access route will alter from time to time. Access may be limited briefly at the point when new ventilation systems need to be installed.
All bookings must be made via our online Venue Hire form or by calling 02 64957435. Operations and the building team will determine if the hire can go ahead and hirers will then receive an invoice for payment. Payment must be made before the hire is confirmed. Hirers with confirmed bookings only can collect keys from our Operations committee member Bill de Jong. Details will be provided once the booking has been confirmed. All other enquiries should be submitted via our web page.