22/01/2018 - 13:29

Construction at new museum under way

22/01/2018 - 13:29

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The state government has signed the stage two agreement for Western Australia’s new $428 million museum with managing contractor Multiplex, construction of which is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

Mark McGowan at the construction site of the new museum.

The state government has signed the stage two agreement for Western Australia’s new $428 million museum with managing contractor Multiplex, construction of which is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

The new facility will includes seven major galleries, learning studios, a cafe, and will feature a display of a blue whale skeleton.

Multiplex, in conjunction with HASSELL+OMA, was appointed as lead contractor in 2016.

Premier Mark McGowan said the project would generate more than 3,000 jobs.

"The new museum is on track to be one of the most exciting and innovative museums in the country,” he said

"Importantly, I wanted to ensure that this project was delivering the best deal possible for Western Australians and I am pleased to say that the stage two contract delivers this.

"This project is delivering on local jobs and content and local contractors are already onsite contributing to the project and stimulating the economy."

The state government has forecast that the new museum will attract about 800,000 visitors in the first year and contribute around $31 million of tourism spending.

With building expected to be complete in 2019, the exhibition fitout will follow with an aim of opening the museum in 2020.

Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman said the project was creating a vibrant hub for Perth.

"The new museum will be a place where locals and visitors can truly experience the spirit of Western Australia,” he said

"It will showcase the vast and ancient landscapes of Western Australia using state-of-the-art technology and innovative display methods.”

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