The heritage-listed building which houses the Byron Community Centre, the Byron Theatre, the Byron Markets office and several local businesses, is due for refurbishment and some necessary renovation works.
The last major renovation works on the building were done in 1980/81.
Refurbishment works on the facade of the building
Byron Community Centre and Theatre management worked together with local design agency Whitewood on a proposal to refurbish the facade of the heritage-listed building. Byron Shire Council approved the proposal and works will commence in March. These works have been funded by grants received from the NSW Government Public Reserves Management Fund and more recently from Byron Shire Council for specific heritage projects.
The refurbishment works involve the washing of the building, new paint finishes on the external front of the building visible to Jonson St and replacing of the balustrade. The entry atrium area will receive new paint finishes. Finally, decorative lattice, verandah brackets and new signage will be added.
Putting the Byron Theatre in the spotlight
The new-look will increase the buildings’ presence on Jonson St and shows that it’s more than a community support hub because new signage will give pedestrians and visitors more clarity of the use of the building. In addition to that, one main objective is to increase the presence of the Byron Theatre on Jonson St and to provide ample opportunities to promote upcoming shows.
“My team and I welcome the refurbishment, as it will put the Byron Theatre in the spotlight and increase its visibility on Jonson St. We are right opposite the visitors and tourist precinct but visitors don’t know the theatre exists! The new exterior design will really give us more presence and the opportunity to broaden our market,” says Tanja Greulich, manager of the Byron Theatre.
Inspiration from the Federation era architecture
The proposal honours the 100 years long history of the building and pays respect to its status as a heritage-listed building.
“We drew inspiration from the original design of the building in 1907 when it was the Byron Bay School of Arts. It was important to us to incorporate elements of the Federation era architecture into our design plans,” said Julie King from Whitewood. “We worked closely with the Council to honour the buildings’ original character and its rich history.”
The building was always the focal point of the town and the go-to place for the local community. The renovation works will start a new chapter for the old building.
“The refurbishment will give the building a new lease of life. The new-look will give the building a personality and presence on Jonson St.,” said Louise O’Connell, general manager of the Byron Community Centre. “We are very excited to reveal the new look to the public.”