Adelaide’s iconic Her Majesty’s Theater adds another national award to its list of accolades, winning the $50-100 million Master Builder Association (MBA) National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award this weekend.
Awarded to Hansen Yuncken at the National MBA Awards ceremony in Cairns, the beautifully redeveloped theater has been recognized for the intricate design and construction skills needed to reinvigorate one of Australia’s most historic theaters , in the heart of Adelaide.
The redevelopment was built by national construction firm Hansen Yuncken and designed by Adelaide-based COX Architecture, and managed by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Adelaide Festival Center CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier AM: “We continue to be delighted with the response and recognition Her Majesty’s Theater has received since its spectacular redevelopment. This national award is a testament to the building talent and design we have in South Australia and this iconic building continues to be home to some of the best live entertainment and entertainment in all of Australia The best part is seeing patrons enjoy and cherish this special theater and we hope that continues for generations to come.
Hansen Yuncken Construction Manager on the Scott Brumfield project: “We are incredibly proud of this exceptional result, recognized at this level throughout the industry. This project is a true reflection of innovative and collaborative teamwork, to breathe new life into one of Adelaide’s most iconic buildings. We are proud to have left an incredible legacy to our clients, the Adelaide Festival Center and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport – South Australia.”
Originally opened in 1913, Adelaide’s oldest operating theater has been transformed into a larger, more accessible venue with state-of-the-art facilities – its $66 million redevelopment was unveiled in June 2020.
The project employed over 150 construction workers at its peak and engaged a 90% South Australian workforce, including specialist craft contractors and local craftsmen.
‘The Maj’ has featured many big names over the past 108 years including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Gracie Fields, Bill Haley and His Comets, Maggie Smith, Chris Isaak, Archie Roach, Alan Cumming and Paul Kelly and The Theater Ambassadors of Her Majesty, including Robyn Archer of Adelaide. AO, Greta Bradman, David Campbell OAM and Peter Goers OAM with Kate Ceberano AM, Ali McGregor, Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore OAM and Meow Meow.
This latest award adds to an impressive list of accolades for Her Majesty’s Theatre, including:
Master Builders South Australia Building Excellence Awards 2021:
- Interior/Finishes Commercial awarded to JRCM Commercial Joinery
- Commercial/industrial property $50M to $100M awarded to Hansen Yuncken
2021 Australian Building Institute Award for Professional Excellence in Construction:
- Professional Excellence in Building $60 Million and Above – National Award
- Commercial Construction $60M+ – Hansen Yuncken (SA/NT)
- Professional Excellence – Chris Cavenett of Hansen Yuncken, Her Majesty’s Theater Project Manager (SA/NT)
Australian Institute of Architects SA 2021
- City of Adelaide Award – COX Architecture
- David Saunders Heritage Award – COX Architecture
- Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture – COX Architecture
Upcoming shows at Her Majesty’s Theater include Australian pop icons tomorrow night Human Nature and Broadway and West End hit musical SIX The Musical from May 21.
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June will feature performances at Her Majesty’s Theater this year, including the world premiere show Songs My Mother Taught Me featuring artistic director Tina Arena.
Tickets at adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au and adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au