East Sydney Community and Arts Centre upgrade

East Sydney Community and Arts Centre upgrade

Community and arts centre upgrade

We have transformed the former Heffron Hall into a beautiful, sustainable and accessible community and arts centre. Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially opened the centre on Saturday 6 May 2017.

The hall's refurbishment will make it possible to run more activities for more people. The East Sydney Community and Arts Centre features multipurpose spaces for rehearsals, creative use and community hire.

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.


Pat Timmins
Project Manager
02 9265 9333

Surabhi Chaturvedi
Senior Design Manager02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 8 May 2017