The historically important Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, located in the heart of downtown Singapore, is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and an important centre for performing arts in the city-state. Comprising a memorial hall, theatre and clocktower, parts of the complex are over 150 years old. Arup’s acoustic and theatre consultants are playing a key role in a major restoration of the venue which covers upgrading technical systems, enhancing acoustics and improving sightlines. Work to bring the venue in line with contemporary standards and modern functional demands will focus on the auditoria, backstage spaces, rehearsal areas and audience facilities. Two new subterranean levels have been excavated and a new plant room and electrical sub-station have been constructed. Preserving the existing facade and historical structures within the building during such dramatic refurbishment has presented significant design and technical challenges to the project team. However, this milestone project – part of the ‘Renaissance City’ plan to transform Singapore into a global city for arts and culture by 2015 – is on target to achieve Gold Plus certification under Singapore’s local green building rating system. Arup is also providing fire and sustainable building design consultancy to the building design team led by W Architects.