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Major Jobs Boost For Building Industry As Premier Announces Builder For Redevelopment Of The NGV

The Premier, Steve Bracks, today announced that Baulderstone Hornibrook was the successful tenderer for the contract to redevelop the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in St Kilda Rd – a project which will create more than 2000 jobs.
Mr Bracks said the awarding of the tender to Baulderstone followed a comprehensive evaluation by the Office of Major Projects of tenders to redevelop and expand the Gallery from several of Australia’s largest construction companies.
“We are confident the partnership between the Office of Major Projects, the NGV, architects and builders will deliver an outstanding new gallery for all Victorians,” Mr Bracks said.
“The development is also a major boost for the construction and other industries, with more than 2000 jobs in total being created as a result of the project.
“The redevelopment will maintain the integrity of the original design by architect Roy Grounds. The Gallery will retain its distinctive waterwall at the St Kilda Rd entry, and the Leonard French ceiling will remain in its current location.
“As well, new galleries will be added, facilities will be improved and state-of-the-art technology introduced. I’m sure all Victorians will be keen to see international art and exhibitions again on display in the fully-redeveloped Gallery during 2003.”
The Victorian Government is contributing $96 million to the redevelopment of the Gallery in St Kilda Rd, with the Federal Government providing $25 million through its Federation Fund.
A generous donation of $15 million from The Ian Potter Foundation has enabled the project to proceed, and the NGV has also established a substantial fundraising program to support these committed funds.
The Minister for Major Projects, John Pandazopoulos, said the contract with Baulderstone Hornibrook would maximize opportunities for Victorian and interstate suppliers, especially small business, to compete for the supply of materials and services.
“The contractor will supply a local industry participation plan to support this goal,” the Minister said.
He said Baulderstone had a strong record in the delivery of high-quality, large-scale Australian civic projects, including the Melbourne Museum, Colonial Stadium, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Qantas domestic terminal at Tullamarine.
The Southern Region Director for Baulderstone Hornibrook, Hedley Davis, said the company was delighted to have won the contract: “We look forward to developing a wonderful facility that Victorians can be proud of.”
NGV President, Steve Vizard, said the announcement was a milestone for the Gallery in its 140-year history.
“By the end of 2003 Melbourne will have two of the finest art galleries in the world. Here at St Kilda Road we will preserve the best of the old, while adding important new innovations of stunning design and beauty. We now commence an exciting new era for the NGV.”
The St Kilda Rd Gallery has been redesigned by a consortium of architects, led by Mario Bellini Associati with Metier 3. Redevelopment of the St Kilda Rd Gallery site began last year. Demolition works have now been completed in readiness for construction, for which a heritage permit has been issued.