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Great Gains being made at Central Coast Conservatorium

26-Aug-2020

The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music welcomed Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch this morning to look over the progress of the $2million upgrade and restoration of its premises at 45 Mann Street.

Mr Crouch was impressed with how quickly the work was proceeding and commended the Conservatorium board and management for their excellent oversight of the project.

When the Premier visited the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music last September, she told everyone to ‘hop to it’, and it’s fantastic to see this $2 million project proceeding so quickly,” Mr Crouch said.

Claire Braund, Chair of the CCCM Premises and Building Committee said the organisation was very pleased with the progress of the work to date - particularly the new, rust and leak free roof and the bonus discovery of some interesting historical artefacts in the ceiling cavity, including some early 20thC Police Gazettes.

 "The heritage value of this building is significant, so the entire project team is taking much care to ensure we get it right. To this end we are working closely with heritage consultants RKH and Councils' heritage officers on all aspects of the work and with the architect and builder to document the restoration and upgrade work."

Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director with the Conservatorium said the impact on teachers, staff and the wider Conservatorium community would be significant with the addition of new teaching studios, offices and amenities and restoring and retouching the wonderful Robert Knox Hall and other rooms in the 19th Century building.

"The Conservatorium is privileged to be the custodian of this building and to know it continues to be used every day by people from across the Central Coast to further musical education and performance opportunities in our community.”

Work completed to date

  1. Re-roofing of the entire building including guttering
  2. Restoration of the sandstone cells in the oldest part of the building, addressing water / mould issues addressed, new skylights, floor coverings, painting, sliding doors and upgraded services.
  3. Removal of the trees in preparation for the rectification of the sandstone wall.

In September we will be moving onto the following

  1. Rectification of the front sandstone wall and wrought iron fence, gates and gas lamp archway. This will involve careful removal of all stones in the wall, cataloguing them, cleaning with hand tools, reconstructing into a wall with lime rich mortar, repointing where required and installing drainage behind the wall. The ironwork will be carefully removed, cleaned and painted in epoxy.  This is due to commence in the week of 7 September with specialist sandstone masons, Sydney Sandstone.
  2. Interior restoration of the old offices on the Northern side of the building.
  3. Lodging the DA for alterations to the existing building (new foyer entry, new awnings & additions at the front of the building) and additions at the back of the site including new teaching studios and amenities foyer.

Service providers / contractors

  • Architect - FABRIC Architecture (Toowoon Bay)
  • Accessibility Consultant - Lindsay Perry Access (Toowoon Bay)
  • Heritage Consultant - RKH Heritage (Pearl Beach)
  • Acoustic - PKA (Gosford)
  • Builder - Buterim L'Estrange (West Gosford)
  • Engineering - NorthRop (Erina)
  • Roofing - Principal Roofing (Tuggerah)

History

The main masonry building began as a courthouse in c1849 designed under the leadership of the NSW Government Architect Mortimer Lewis. It had many subsequent alterations and additions; including a 1887 courtroom designed under the NSW Government Architect James Barnet. As such It is the oldest public building on the Central Coast and provides a rare example of a public courthouse

By the 1970s it was inadequate as a courtroom and police station and it became the Gosford Conservatorium of Music in 1984, now the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music.


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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
Tuesday 28/1 to Thursday 9/4 
(Saturday Strings concludes 4 April)

Term 2
Monday 27/4 to Saturday 4/7 
(Saturday Strings concludes 27 June)

Term 3
Monday 20/7 to Saturday 26/9 
(Saturday Strings concludes 19 September)

Term 4
Monday 12/10 to Saturday 19/12
(Saturday Strings concludes 12 December)



Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.