The Sydney Opera House is set to further improve access for everyone. The recently announced $200m Sydney Opera House renewal program will provide extra lifts and escalators among other improvements. Wheelchair users will be able to visit parts of the building they couldn’t access before. Additional handrails on some stairs are also included for safety, particularly for older visitors and people with low vision. The latest technology in hearing loops will be included in the upgrade. The video link below gives an artists view of the projected outcomes.
Perhaps one of the lesser known aspects of the building is the Creative Learning Centre for children, which will receive a major refurbishment also designed using universal design principles.
The Utzon Design Principles have guided the renewal project, blending current audience, performer, staff and visitor needs with the original design concept. A reference group of representatives from various disability and ageing organisations also provided detailed feedback to the process. Find out more about accessibility and programs and accessible performances.
The Sydney Opera House is is the most visited destination in Australia.
Picture of the Sydney Opera House by Jane Bringolf