Expansion of Museums Discovery Centre

Powerhouse Castle-Hill render
Image: lahznimmo architects (artist impression, subject to final approvals)

The proposed expansion of the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill will allow the whole Powerhouse Collection to be stored on one site when not on display or loan, greatly improving community access to the Collection. This is part of the broader program to renew and transform the Powerhouse, one of Australia’s most significant cultural institutions.

A new state-of-the-art building will be constructed on the site, and will include spaces for the storage, care, research and viewing of the Powerhouse Collection, as well as flexible spaces for education and public programs, workshops, talks and events.

The proposed expansion will increase opportunities for storytelling, skill-sharing, education programs, tours, events, partnerships and temporary exhibitions, and provide greater access to the Powerhouse Collection for the people of Castle Hill and broader Sydney community.

Project Site
The Museums Discovery Centre is located at 172 Showground Road Castle Hill. As part of the proposed expansion, a new building will be constructed on a part of the adjacent TAFE site along the eastern boundary of the existing Museums Discovery Centre site. The land will be transferred to Powerhouse from TAFE NSW.

Project Status
The Powerhouse Museum and Create NSW submitted a Planning Proposal to enable the expansion of the Museums Discovery Centre at Castle Hill. This Planning Proposal sought amendments to site zoning and building height limits to facilitate the construction of a new building. It was publicly exhibited by The Hills Shire Council from 19 June to 17 July 2020. The Planning Proposal has now been approved.

Concurrently, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was developed as part of the State Significant Development Application for the expansion of the Museums Discovery Centre. The Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition from 4 November to 1 December 2020. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently collating all submissions that were made during this period. A full copy of the EIS and all other technical documents can be found at this link.

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss the project with us, please contact the project team on project@maas.museum or call 1800 743 436.