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$30m works to start on Melbourne’s State Library

The Minister for Major Projects, John Lenders, today announced the appointment of builders Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd to manage the construction of the next stage of the State Library of Victoria’s redevelopment. Mr Lenders said about $190 million will have been spent restoring the library when the $30 million stage six works is finished in 2006. “The State Library of Victoria is one of Victoria’s most significant cultural icons and I am delighted to see work continuing on this historic Melbourne treasure,” Mr Lenders said. “Generations of Victorians have taken pleasure in the magnificent surroundings of the State Library, whether they have been studying for exams, reading for pleasure or accessing an abundance of research materials on offer.” Mr Lenders said stage six works include: a new public restaurant a shop to sell library merchandise; new behind-the-scenes storage facilities and workshops; and upgraded staff offices.He said the stage six works was due to start this month and finish by mid 2006. The final stage, stage seven – which will include Queens Hall and Barry Hall – is planned for completion in 2007. Mr Lenders said the State Library had remained fully operational and open to the public throughout the restoration process that started in 1990 and proceeded under successive governments. “Hansen Yunken has a strong record in the Victoria building and construction industry,” Mr Lenders said. Project milestones to date have included: the restoration of the Dome buildings and the reinstatement of the historic skylights the creation of glazed courtyards with views of the Dome; the reinstatement of glass skylights to the McArthur, McAllan and La Trobe galleries; upgraded services, including additional reading rooms and greater access to the library’s special collections; modern information technology facilities; and new public exhibition spaces to display the library’s heritage treasures. The Bracks Government is committed to preserving this building so that it continues to play its important role in our society for years to come,” Mr Lenders said.