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Designers sought for State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment

An Expression of Interest for a Design Consultant team has been released for the $83 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $55.4 million for the project, which is to be staged over five years.

The project includes the restoration of Queen’s Hall, reopening the library’s Russell Street entrance, an e-Town Hall that will connect regional public libraries, and new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship and exhibitions.

Construction is due to begin in 2017.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) seeks a consultant team with experience in projects of a similar scale and complexity and a demonstrated track record of design excellence across all stages of a project.

An understanding of world’s best practice in the refurbishment of significant heritage buildings, and the latest innovations in library facilities and major cultural institutions, will also be critical.

The design team will be chosen through a two-stage process.

The EOI will close at 2pm on 10 November, 2015.

This will be followed by a Request for Tender, expected to be released to shortlisted registrants in mid-January 2016.

The selected design team will be announced in mid-March 2016.

The EOI can be found at the VicTenders website.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

‘This is an historic project for State Library Victoria and for our state, one that will celebrate the building’s magnificent heritage and return significant spaces to public use.

‘It will firmly position Australia’s oldest and busiest public library as a contemporary centre of knowledge, inspiration and innovation at the heart of our education state and creative industries for 2020 and beyond.’

Quotes attributable to Library Board of Victoria President John Wylie

‘The Vision 2020 redevelopment will refurbish our iconic heritage spaces, expand our public space and create state-of-the-art new facilities for connection, learning and innovation for all Victorians.

‘We are very excited to see this vision realised, with the help of the Victorian government, our philanthropic supporters and our project partners.’