North Geelong glass manufacturer Viridian Glass is producing 220 panes of architectural glass for the $140 million redevelopment of Geelong Arts Centre.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said, “When local creativity and local industry come together, great things can happen. Geelong Arts Centre is not only a cultural and creative gamechanger for Geelong, it’s also providing a massive boost for local jobs and businesses.”
The glass manufacturer is equipped with the world’s most advanced architectural glass processing equipment and is playing a vital role in the landmark project that is set to transform Geelong’s cultural and creative heart.
At its purpose-built facility, the company is processing, toughening, ceramically printing, double glazing and laminating the glass panes for the Little Malop Street redevelopment.
Equipped with high-performance qualities, the Viridian glass panes will help Geelong Arts Centre capture more natural light without emitting radiant heat – maximising daylight and energy efficiency.
After years of manufacturing automotive glass, Viridian’s North Geelong factory has transitioned into Australia’s largest purpose-built architectural glass processing facility over the past decade and is one of many local suppliers working to bring the Little Malop Street redevelopment to life.
Lendlease and Development Victoria have partnered with Geelong’s Industry Capability Network (ICN) to ensure that work on the redevelopment is creating local jobs and providing local companies with opportunity for growth.
The Little Malop Street redevelopment is the largest of Geelong Arts Centre’s transformations, following the $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment, completed in 2019. When complete, Geelong will be home to the largest regional performing arts centre in the country.