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Cultural building judged best in Australia

Victoria’s newest cultural icon – the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) and Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) Theatre – has been named the best building in Australia at the 2009 Master Builders’ National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards.
Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said the MRC and MTC Theatre project received two of the highest honours at the awards, held on the Gold Coast at the weekend, and reflected the Brumby Labor Government’s outstanding record in delivering world class major projects.
“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 world-class facilities,” Mr Pallas said.
“This excellent recital centre and theatre project won the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award (over $100 million) and National Commercial Master Builder of the Year for project builder Bovis Lend Lease.
“The project’s masterpiece of design, engineering and construction matches the great music halls and theatres of the world and this recognition is a tribute to the Victorian skills and workmanship that went into building it.
“This $128 million project was delivered three months ahead of schedule, created 500 jobs during construction and now provides two great new arts venues for the state.”
Mr Pallas congratulated the project management and construction firm Bovis Lend Lease, Melbourne-based architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, acoustic engineers Arup, structural engineers Bonacci Group and services engineers Umow Lai, for their great work on the major project.
The latest awards follow wins at the 2009 Victorian Architecture Awards, the Australian Institute of Architect’s National Awards and the Property Council of Australia Awards. The building was also recently short-listed at the World Architecture Festival Awards.
Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said the spectacular new additions to Victoria’s cultural landscape provided exciting new opportunities for music and theatre, attracting new audiences from around Australia and the world.
“As the home of the oldest orchestra in the country and the longest running professional theatre company, Victoria is truly the arts capital of Australia. The MRC and MTC Theatre has elevated Melbourne to one of the world’s premium cultural destinations,” Ms Kosky said.
Master Builders Chief Executive Wilhelm Harnisch said the national winners demonstrated they were the best of the best, setting a standard for the rest of industry to aspire to.
“The MRC and MTC Theatre is one of the most unique cultural icons in modern Melbourne. This landmark building is a masterpiece of design, engineering and construction,” Mr Harnisch said.
Bovis Lend Lease Victoria General Manager Geoff Moore said the project was a wonderful opportunity to be involved with one of the most highly regarded buildings in Australia.
“This project not only required specific expertise in delivering technically complex projects, but also a highly collaborative approach with the delivery partners and Arts Victoria,” Mr Moore said.