Cobul Constructions was engaged as head contractor in 2011 by Shared Services Procurement, on behalf of the ACT Government Education & Training Directorate. The total contract value was $9.66 million dollars to complete the 1950m2 building. The project itself took 14 months to complete from initial site establishment to building handover and a total of 56,552 man hours went into the construction of the project. Throughout the entire construction process 0 lost time injuries occurred – testament to Cobul Constructions ongoing commitment to worker safety.


CCPAC includes a spacious 175 seat raked theatre with a sprung floor, deep stage, proscenium arch, generous wings, cyclorama, lighting bridges and a full control room. The stage has a rigging structure capable of dealing with multiple heavy loads in a performance environment. In addition the Centre has a large double height ‘black box’ drama studio with professional lighting grid, a large dance studio with sprung floor, mirrored wall and ballet barre; a music studio with acoustically isolated practice rooms and mini recording studio.


The building itself was complex in construction, with complicated structural steel, blockwork and concrete elements being used to form the structure of the building. Internally the building was engineered for acoustic performance; rooms have individual isolated slabs to limit sound transfer, mechanical systems have been installed with a series of under seat plenums to reduce any interference in the performance of the theatre, custom made acoustic panels and acoustic doors have been installed throughout. Complex theatre service cabling has been installed throughout the building to allow endless configurations of the theatre, drama, music and dance studios. Externally, the building was clad in a custom made steel cladding and large angled glazing was installed along the front and back facades.


This project had an added degree of difficulty as the work was completed within an operating college environment. These challenges included coordinating all deliveries and vehicular movement outside of peak college times and arranging for security checks for all construction workers and staff onsite. This process was fully managed by Cobul Constructions management team to commendation by the Canberra College and the Education & Training Directorate.


The building is simply, calmly and consistently clad in a robust steel system that can deal with the knocks of the college environment. This system performs as a rain screen over an insulated, core-filled blockwork wall with internal drywall lining. This gives a surprisingly solid, permanent enclosure that addresses the Canberra climate and the complex acoustic demands of the Centre.



2013 CBUS & Master Builders Association Awards – Finalist: Commercial Building ($5-10M)

ACT Architecture Awards 2013 - Winner: Steel Architecture Award

ACT Architecture Awards 2013 - Winner: Public Architecture Award