Work is powering along on the $2 million upgrade of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music’s Gosford base.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the work follows a funding commitment made by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in 2019.
“The current heritage buildings date back to 1847 and this multi-million dollar upgrade will transform the former Courthouse and Police Station into a twenty-first century space that is fit for purpose,” Mr Crouch said.
“Work began in July and to date has included roofing, guttering, restoration of sandstone cells and removal of trees in preparation for the sandstone wall restoration.
“In addition to physical upgrades to the facilities, the $2 million funding commitment from the NSW Government also enables the Conservatorium to masterplan for its bright future.
“Almost all work is being contracted to locals including engineers from Erina, acoustic specialists from Gosford, architects from Toowoon Bay, accessibility consultants from Toowoon Bay, roofers from Tuggerah and builders from West Gosford.
“This is exactly the sort of COVID-19 stimulus the Central Coast economy needs at this difficult time.”
Chair of the Conservatorium’s Premises and Building Committee Claire Braund said the work had uncovered 100-year-old Police Gazettes in a ceiling cavity.
"The heritage value of this building is significant and our entire team is taking much care to ensure we get it right. To this end, we are working closely with heritage consultants and Central Coast Council’s heritage staff on all aspects of the work,” Ms Braund said.
"The Conservatorium is grateful to the NSW Government for $2 million which is seeing this iconic old building lovingly restored and improved with new teaching studios, offices and amenities.”