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As 2022 draws to a close, there are some exciting things to look forward to at the Central Coast Conservatorium in 2023 – including moving into our new refreshed and upgraded building at 45 Mann St in Gosford.

“We look forward to welcoming students, teachers, parents and community members to the new space in the New Year,” said Central Coast Conservatorium Interim CEO Bettina Pidcock.

The extensive three-year $2.4million renovation and upgrade project – with Central Coast-based Fabric Architecture and construction company Buterin L’Estrange –  that has taken place at our historic premises and which includes a state-of-the-art performance space – is almost complete.

“The Robert Knox Hall has been transformed into a wonderful performance space for 76 audience members, with terrific acoustics and tiered seating that enables views of the stage from every part of the hall,” said Ms Pidcock.

“The refurbishment also includes transformation of the interior structure of the building – the oldest heritage building in Gosford – with an impressive entrance and lobby area, upgrades to the building’s teaching and rehearsal spaces as well as new bathrooms and administration areas.

“A driveway at the back of the building enables accessible connection to all parts of the building. There is also a new staff room for teachers, storage facilities for instruments and a fabulous courtyard that provides a covered outdoor area where students and teachers alike can pause and chill out between lessons. We look forward to welcoming you to this inviting space in the New Year.”

The building has also been given new roofing and flooring in some areas as well as interior upgrades, while the sandstone wall at the Mann St entrance has also been painstakingly restored.

Work is now underway to landscape and plant the front gardens.