Mechanics’ Institute Reserve

Facilities and venue hire

The Mechanics’ Institute Reserve provides a range of modern, well appointed rooms and facilities for hire.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions room capacities are limited.  Maximum numbers vary depending on current restrictions with all patrons being required to sign in using electronic QR code app or the available paper based sheets. 

CURRENT LIMIT IN OPERATION at 27th July is 1 Person per 4sqm

Hall with stage

Theatre Style: 200 people

Cabaret/Restaurant style: 130 people

Cocktail Party style: 150 people

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 80 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 40 people
  • With Stage area: 10 or 5 people  extra respectively

Dimensions: 18.0 x 9.2 m

Various audio-visual equipment is available including an installed sound system. Microphones, projection equipment, piano and other presentation equipment are also available on request

Supper Room

Theatre Style: 80 people

Restaurant Style: 50 people

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 38 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 19 people

Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.2 m

Direct access available to commercial kitchen, includes presentation screen, chairs, fold-up tables.

Can be used for a variety of activities including dinners, public meetings, classroom, film screenings, yoga, etc.

Green Room

Board Style: 20 people

Cocktail Party Style: 35 people

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 16 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm 8 people

Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.8 m

Enjoy the historic ambiance of this venue for small group meetings and events. A comfortable and well appointed space.

Kitchen

A spacious commercial style kitchen with servery provides easy access for the presentation of meals. Cutlery, crockery, cooking equipment, fridges and commercial dishwasher are all supplied within the facility.

Easy access is available from the kitchen  either directly to the adjacent Supper Room or through an adjoining space to the  Main Hall when booked in conjunction with either of these spaces

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 20 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm 10 people

Craft Room

Seating for: 12 to 14 people 

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 14 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 7 people

Dimensions: 6.0 x 5.0 m

A small, general-purpose room for smaller groups and classes, particularly suitable for art and craft based activities such as drawing, sewing and patchwork

Meeting Room

Seating for: 12 to 14 people 

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 14 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 7 people

Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.8 m

A room for more smaller group meetings and classes.

Includes wall-mounted monitor for presentations. Other presentation and meeting equipment available on request

Interview Room

Seating for: Up to 4 people 

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 4 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 2 people

Dimensions: 3.4 x 3.8 m

An ideal room for interviews, consultations or small meetings.

Computer Lab

Facilities: 8 workstations

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 10 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 5 people

Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.8 m

A well appointed small classroom space with current update to date and maintained workstations and software

SPECIAL CONDITIONS APPLY

Art Gallery

COVID-19 Limits with:

  • 1 person / 2sqm: 24 people
  • 1 person / 4sqm: 12 people

Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.8 m

Features include: Gallery lighting, hanging system with hooks, plinths

A small, well-appointed gallery space is available for hire for short-term individual or group exhibitions.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS APPLY

Refer here for conditions