East Sydney Community and Arts Centre upgrade

East Sydney Community and Arts Centre upgrade

East Sydney Community and Arts Centre and Albert Sloss Reserve upgrade

The East Sydney Community and Arts Centre (formerly Heffron Hall) and Albert Sloss Reserve are being renewed. 

The hall's refurbishment will make it possible to run more activities for more people. There will be multipurpose spaces for community hire and improved out-of-hours school care facilities for up to 30 children.

As part of the centre's redevelopment, a new public artwork will brighten the hall's Burton Street façade. S(w)ing by Turpin + Crawford Studio is an artwork literally at play. Three giant translucent discs will move in a smooth, languid action behind a five-metre glass wall that will open up the building to the street. The discs will glide as their 'strings' are pulled by children playing in the centre below. As the acrylic discs swing in staggered, intersecting arcs like out-of-time pendulums, they will throw neon light onto the street. 

The 1966 building will be more accessible and better connected to neighbouring Albert Sloss Reserve. The reserve will also be renewed as part of these works, with new play equipment and better access. 

New play equipment includes a slippery dip, rope-climbing tunnel and basket swing, a fairy garden and nature-inspired play elements (see artist's impression above).

We will improve access from Palmer Street, increase the grass area and provide new paths, seating and energy-efficient lighting. The Lord Mayor will open the centre in early 2017.  

Community consultation

As part of this renewal, we consulted with the community about the proposed name for the new centre and reserve – the 'East Sydney Community and Arts Centre'. Council endorsed the name in June 2014.


Pat Timmins
Project Manager
02 9265 9333

Surabhi Chaturvedi
Senior Design Manager02 9265 9333

Last updated: Friday, 17 February 2017