WA’s planned $428 million new museum is one step closer, with the naming of Brookfield Multiplex as the preferred bidder for the project.
Treasurer Mike Nahan today aannounced the government would now enter into exclusive negotiations with Brookfield Multiplex and its partners, international architects OMA and Hassell, to reach final agreement design, construction and programming.
“Brookfield Multiplex has extensive experience in delivering major projects, while OMA and its principal, Rem Koolhaas, are well-known for creating dramatic architecture,” Mr Nahan said.
“OMA has a vast portfolio of international projects including the expansion of Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec, 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 such as the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station and Sydney’s Darling Harbour.”
The contract is expected to be signed by mid-year, and the design will be revealed shortly after.
The new museum will be developed on the site of the existing Western Australian Museum and will integrate with surrounding heritage buildings. It is due to open by 2020.
The University of Western Australia’s cultural precinct director Professor Ted Snell welcomed the announcement, saying the new museum would attract local and international visitors.