Upgrade works at East Sydney Community and Arts Centre

The former Heffron Hall has been transformed into a beautiful, sustainable and accessible public facility.

Project Status: Completed

What we’re doing

The East Sydney Community and Arts Centre features multipurpose spaces for rehearsals, creative use and community hire. More people will be able to enjoy many activities thanks to the building's refurbishment.

Room ventilators and empty spaces promote airflow eliminating the need for air-conditioning. Solar panels on the roof generate electricity and rain is collected to water surrounding plants and used to flush toilets. Lifts, ramps, an accessible toilet and technology for the hearing impaired make it a space everyone can enjoy.

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. Behind a 5m glass wall opening the building up to the street, 3 giant translucent discs move in a languid action. The discs glide as their cables are pulled by children playing in the centre below. As the acrylic discs swing in staggered, intersecting arcs like out-of-time pendulums, they throw neon light onto the street.

Albert Sloss Reserve upgrade 

The neighbouring Albert Sloss Reserve has been upgraded with fun play equipment for little locals. New play equipment includes a slippery dip, rope-climbing tunnel, a basket swing and nature-inspired play elements.

We have also improved access from Palmer Street and made the grass area bigger. The reserve has new paths, seating and energy-efficient lighting.