Kane Constructions has been appointed to deliver Project Discover, the major renovation of the Australian Museum (AM).
Australia’s oldest Museum is an iconic tourist attraction of state and national heritage significance, centrally located opposite Sydney’s Hyde Park at 1 William Street.
With a budget of $57.5 million, including $50.5 million funding from the NSW Government, Project Discover will facilitate the first stage of the AM's transformation.
Project Discover will deliver a new flexible touring exhibition hall across two levels to allow for one major exhibition or two exhibitions to be held simultaneously. The redevelopment will also significantly improve the visitor experience with the creation of new education facilities, a new museum shop, a second café, expanded members’ lounge, cloaking and amenities.
Due to the significant scope of works, the Museum has closed their doors to the public for the entire renovation. Staff will remain working in the building due to the highly sensitive collections and exhibitions. This creates a significant challenge whereby sensitive temperature controlled area’s must be maintained with continual dust and vibration monitoring to ensure there is no compromise to the valuable collections and heritage buildings.
Together with leading designers, COX Architecture and Neeson Murcutt Architects, works will be completed in time for the AM to host the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, in early 2021.
Kane is pleased to partner with the Australian Museum again, following the successful delivery of the award winning Crystal Hall project in 2015.
This project will reach Practical Completion by mid 2020.