Baulderstone to build Hamer Hall project
Leading Australian construction company Baulderstone has been selected as the preferred builder for the $128.5 million refurbishment of Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.
Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas today announced Baulderstone was set to join a project alliance of Arts Victoria, the Arts Centre, Major Projects Victoria and architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall.
Mr Pallas said there had been strong interest from the building industry for the major cultural facility project.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to invest in vital infrastructure because we understand how important it is to the Victorian community – boosting the local economy, creating jobs and delivering a world-class arts and culture precinct in Melbourne,” Mr Pallas said.
“The refurbishment of Hamer Hall is an exciting and challenging project that will provide this Melbourne icon a new lease of life while maintaining its unique character.
“The project has captured the attention of the construction industry, with initial interest from seven companies, before Baulderstone was selected as the preferred bidder.”
Mr Pallas said the Hamer Hall redevelopment would create more than 400 jobs and inject around $373 million into the Victorian economy during construction alone. Work is expected to begin in mid 2010.
The redevelopment of Hamer Hall includes new connections to central Melbourne, St Kilda Road and the Yarra River, new foyer spaces and stairs, better disability access, escalators and lifts, improved acoustics, new auditorium seating and staging systems.
Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said the Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment would refresh the Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall and surrounds after nearly 30 years serving the community.
“The arts and cultural facilities in and around Southbank attract more than 3.5 million patrons each year and contribute enormously to Melbourne’s identity and liveability,” Ms Kosky said.
“Our vision for the Southbank Precinct is to create an open, accessible, integrated and imaginative precinct that connects the arts to people and people to the arts.
“The refurbishment, part of the broader Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment, will help Victoria maintain its reputation as a world-class cultural destination, create jobs, boost the state’s economy and continue to support both the cultural and construction sectors.”
Arts Centre chief executive Judith Isherwood said the project was an important step for the future of the precinct.
“This project will ensure that the Arts Centre will continue to be a leader in the performing arts for future generations,” Ms Isherwood said.