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Building Innovation Award for Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre

The Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) and Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) Theatre complex has added another accolade to its long list of achievements, taking out the Building Innovation category at the 2010/2011 DuPont Australia and New Zealand Innovation awards.

The biennial DuPont Innovation awards recognise the commercialisation of outstanding science and technology solutions meeting the big challenges in Australia and around the globe.  This is the first time a building has won the Building Innovation category.

Located in Melbourne’s iconic Southbank arts precinct, the multi-award winning, $128 million complex was delivered by a team of expert consultants led by Major Projects Victoria (MPV), and today stands proudly in the company of other great music and theatre venues around the world.

The judges praised the MRC/MTC complex for its innovative concepts, technologies and building materials, creative architecture and construction methods, saying the result was an iconic building that delivered world-class venues and featured state-of-the-art performance spaces and amenities.

Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine commended MPV and its team on the project including architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and builder Bovis Lend Lease for delivering an outstanding complex known around the world for its flawless acoustics and eye-catching design.

“During the past 150 years, Victoria has built a strong tradition of excellence in public buildings and major projects, and the MRC/MTC complex is a fine example of this,” Dr Napthine said.

“This latest award is particularly significant in that it recognises the outstanding technology and innovation that form the intrinsic merits that position the MRC/MTC Theatre as one of the world’s best venues for chamber music.”

The MRC/MTC Theatre offers four arts spaces, including the 1,000-seat Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for chamber music and the 500-seat Sumner Theatre for the MTC. The complex delivers state-of-the-art, world-class venues that will drive Melbourne’s music and theatre scene for decades to come.

The MRC/MTC Theatre project was delivered by MPV on behalf of Arts Victoria and the University of Melbourne for the Victorian Government.
MRC/MTC delivery partners:

•    Ashton Raggatt McDougall – architect
•    Bovis Lend Lease – construction
•    Arup Acoustics – acoustician and theatre planners
•    Bonacci Group – engineers
•    Umow Lai and Associates – service engineers

View a full list of MRC/MTC awards here

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