Will the Forecourt be off limits to the public?
The forecourt with be partially closed from February, 2014 until the completion of the project in late 2014. Access to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Man o' War Steps will be maintained.
How does the site look?
Forecourt and roadway works are contained by temporary fencing. Works to the east of the site are being undertaken behind a 2.4 metre high hoarding. All construction works are visible from the Podium and the Monumental Steps.
The Podium Waterproofing Project is an unrelated project that is running concurrently with VAPS. This entails lifting panels on the Podium and the Monumental Steps and relaying waterproofing membrane. Works are going on behind temporary fencing, the Box Office is still accessible.
Will Sydney Opera House have to close down?
All the Sydney Opera House venues remain operational. Theatres, guided tours, food and beverage and retail outlets will remain open. There will be managed traffic arrangements in place.
Will performances still continue or will some have to be cancelled?
Sydney Opera House has a strong track record for maintaining performance schedules throughout major construction projects, such as the recently completed Accessibility & Western Foyers Project. The project will be managed in a similar way, where construction and theatre schedules are integrated to ensure that all planned performances continue.
What about noise and dust?
As can be expected of any construction project of this size, noise and dust will be unavoidable. A management strategy to minimise the impact on areas outside the construction zone is being adhered to.
Will you be working at night or during the day?
Works will occur during the day between 7am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 7am - 1pm on Saturdays. Overnight works will occur from 5pm - 7am, noisy works are subject to restrictions and are scheduled around events and performances.
Will tours still continue?
Guided tours will continue throughout the project.
Will parking be affected?
The car park will remain operational for the duration of the project.
Will there be any changes to disability access to the building?
Accessible parking spaces are available and these are currently on sale under the usual arrangements through Ticketing. Taxis drop offs and the complimentary shuttle bus will operate as usual. During roadway works the shuttle bus stop may be relocated to the Vehicle Concourse.
Will free public events still be held on the Forecourt?
Major public events will be managed and integrated as much as possible with construction works.
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