Project NameRegent Theatre Melbourne
Site Address191 Collins St, Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000ClientICONContract Value$750k AUDProject Duration5 monthsStart DateApril, 2019Main ContractorCasmar Group
Description of WorksThe Regent Theatre was designed by Cedric Ballantyne and built by James Porter & Sons, and opened in 1929. Ballantyne combined Spanish Gothic and French Renaissance styles to produce one of Victoria’s largest and most lavish cinemas in the inter-war period. The fully refurbished theatre, resurrected by theatre entrepreneur David Marriner and Allom Lovell and Associates, was re-opened in 1996. The Plaza became a function venue, and the main auditorium a major live theatre venue.

ICON were engaged to refurbish the heritage listed main auditorium and engaged Casmar Group to complete the demolition phase of the works.
Key works completed by Casmar Group on the Project include:
- Demolition of suspended slab
- Demolition of staircases
- Creation of new doorways
- Strip out of communal areas
- Temporary structural works

In order to demolish the slab Casmar Group were required to install temporary structural steel back propping before using a demolition robot to demolish the suspended slab and staircases. This part of the demolition was further complicated by having to adequately suppress silica dust whilst having to severely restrict water use for this task due to the environment where works were being completed.

All works were completed whilst keeping the Plaza ballroom directly beneath the auditorium fully operational, requiring the Casmar Group team to demonstrate exceptional organizational abilities, a high level of Public Safety awareness and demonstrate the ability to carry out high risk technical demolition in sensitive areas.
Management Team
Adrian CassidyProject Director
Gary WaterhouseOperations Manager
Fergus DonnellyProject Manager
Peter CoffeyEstimating Manger
Greg StoresSite Supervisor
Casmar Group has an excellent reputation for completing projects on time and within budget.