Multiplex completes new WA Museum Boola Bardip

08 December 2020

Premier construction company Multiplex has completed the WA State Government’s new WA Museum Boola Bardip, restoring the heritage buildings and delivering a new cultural landmark for Perth.

Located in the Perth Cultural Centre precinct, the Museum is now open to the public.

Designed by architects Hassell + OMA, the redevelopment combines the existing heritage Museum buildings with an innovative new build, connecting all five heritage buildings for the first time in the Museum’s history.

The heritage buildings on the site include the Jubilee, Beaufort, Hackett Hall and Geologists’ buildings, with the oldest building, the Old Gaol, dating back to the mid1800s.

The new Museum is more than three times the size of its predecessor and includes eight new galleries, a 1,000 square metre special exhibitions gallery, multi-purpose learning studios, new food and beverage offerings, and unique spaces for meetings and special events.

The Museum’s interior features two primary circulation loops – one horizontal and one vertical – that bring together the refurbished historic buildings and new structures, while offering visitors multiple and accessible routes to explore the incredible collections and stories from around Western Australia.

 “After delivering the project on time for the WA State Government, it’s a proud moment for the team to see the new WA Museum Boola Bardip open to the public,” said Multiplex Regional Managing Director Chris Palandri.

“The Museum was an incredibly complex project to construct. The engineering of the new building is challenging enough on its own, coupled with the complexities involved in protecting and preserving the heritage of the site. The end result has delivered something completely unique for the WA community to enjoy,” said Mr Palandri.

 “Multiplex and the architectural team of Hassell + OMA have produced a significant new building that embraces the heritage buildings within, whilst creating spectacular new experiences. It is a Museum of which I hope all Western Australians will be proud,” said Alec Coles, Western Australian Museum Chief Executive Officer.

Multiplex delivered the project over two stages with Stage 1 commencing in July, 2016 and including detailed design and early site works. Stage 2 commenced in January, 2018 and involved the main construction works.

The contractor was also awarded the main content fit-out works for the exhibitions which commenced in late 2019 and was completed on time for the opening on November 21, 2020.

According to Multiplex, approximately 3,300 people worked on the project and the build includes approximately 1,600 tonnes of structural steel, over 12,000 cubic metres of concrete and over 1,000 façade panels.

Wireless load controlling system, Roborigger was pioneered on site eliminating the need for workers to be in close proximity to the load during the lifting and lowering phases.

As part of Multiplex’s continued focus on safety and exploration of new technologies, the project engaged the wireless crane technology to help minimise workers’ exposure to high risk activities by being able to remotely hold a crane load steady in any given direction, without the use of a tagline.

Technology also featured heavily in the Museum fit-out, with the content works managed by Multiplex employing local and national creatives to deliver interactive exhibits. This was particularly important to those contractors during the downturn in opportunities associated with the COVID pandemic.

Challenges faced throughout construction included the delivery of an ambitious engineering design featuring an innovative structural steel roof. Working within a protected heritage site also increased the complexity of the project, including the contractor’s careful construction of a 17-metre structural steel cantilever above the heritage Hackett Hall.

Sustainability drove the construction process with over 90 per cent of construction waste recycled and diverted from landfill. Key ESD features of the new Museum include a Central Energy Plant, enabling all buildings within the Perth Cultural Centre precinct to be more energy and CO2 efficient. The Central Energy Plant is designed to rationalise and reduce consumption of electricity and gas within the buildings.

Major energy savings are expected to be realised the year after the Museum is operational, with the aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent.

Multiplex has extensive experience delivering landmark projects to Western Australia, including Optus Stadium, Crown Towers, and the current construction of One the Esplanade at Elizabeth Quay.




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Date of Original:  23 November 2020

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