Environmental and geotechnical testing ahead of major construction start
Drilling on location of 1,000sqm basement touring exhibition gallery
$428.3 million project to support up to 3,300 jobs and strong local content
The first significant machinery has swung into action today on the site of Western Australia's new museum development, with subsurface investigations underway ahead of the major construction phase.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the investigations were an important step forward for the exciting new development.
"These site investigations are critical to understanding the soil structure and subsurface environmental conditions at various depths, and will allow monitoring of the water table ahead of the major excavation and construction works next year," Mr Day said.
"They are particularly important for the planned 1,000 square metre touring exhibition gallery that will be located at basement level, about 10 metres underground. This gallery will be a vital space for attracting major exhibitions to WA, drawing both locals and tourists to Perth."
The Minister said the new museum had been championed by the Liberal National Government, with a bold and distinctive design incorporating five levels of galleries and public spaces.
"The construction phase will support up to 3,300 jobs," Mr Day said.
"The project also dovetails with the Liberal National Government's strategy to drive job creation in our tourism industry, along with destinations such as Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay and Perth Stadium."
Since its appointment as Managing Contractor in July 2016, Multiplex has been surveying and conducting structural investigations on the existing heritage-listed buildings, progressing the design and seeking relevant development approvals.
"Fundamental to the project is efficiency and sustainability, with an innovative Energy and Thermal Solution combining solar power and geo-exchange systems to support the energy needs right across the Perth Cultural Centre," Mr Day said.
"Sourcing local content is a high priority for this project, with about 80 per cent of the goods and services to come from WA."
Early works will soon start on the heritage buildings and the Energy and Thermal Solution, with the new museum on schedule to open in 2020.
The project budget includes construction and design of the new museum, heritage building restoration, $17.6 million in upgrades to the Welshpool Collections and Research Centre, exhibition and content design and production, and public art
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