Preferred bidder named for State’s new museum
- Multiplex preferred respondent with architects OMA and Hassell
- Project negotiations to conclude mid-2016
The contract to design and build Western Australia’s new museum in Perth has reached an important milestone with the State Government entering into exclusive negotiations with a team led by Multiplex, working with international architects OMA and Hassell.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day said the State had been impressed by the responses received from the three world-class consortia shortlisted for the project.
“The substantial international response highlights the project’s prestige,” he said. “Multiplex has extensive experience in delivering major projects, while OMA and its principal, Rem Koolhaas, have a well-established reputation for creating dramatic architecture. Hassell has also developed a considerable international reputation.
“OMA has a vast portfolio of international projects including the expansion of Le Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, the Seattle Public Library and the China Central Television Building in Beijing. Hassell has completed many projects in China, but is best known to Australian audiences for projects like the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station and Sydney’s Darling Harbour.”
Treasurer Mike Nahan said that following approval of Multiplex as the preferred respondent, the State would now enter into exclusive negotiations, seeking to reach final agreement on the design, construction and programming of the project.
“The State Government received eight responses to the original expression of interest and the three shortlisted consortia spent several months developing proposals and concepts to provide Western Australia with an exceptional museum for the 21st Century,” he said.
“We expect the contract will be awarded mid-year which is when we can reveal the successful design.”
He said the State also approved a consortium led by Doric, with French architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel, as the reserve respondent in the event that negotiations cannot be successfully concluded with Multiplex.