New recital centre and MTC theatre wins highest honour
The new Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex in Southbank has taken the top honours for an Australian public building at the prestigious Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Gala Awards.
Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas and Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said the $128 million Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre project won the Moore Stephens Award for Public Buildings from a shortlist of 22 public buildings.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to invest in vital infrastructure that creates jobs and new business opportunities such as this impressive project – our latest addition to Victoria’s cultural landscape,” Mr Pallas said.
“This is a great result for the state, with this level of industry recognition showcasing the quality of these landmark buildings. With their iconic architecture, superb design and exceptional acoustics, they are a tribute to local skills and workmanship.”
Ms Kosky said the award reinforced Victoria’s reputation as a cultural and design leader and would help attract new audiences to the venues.
“Beyond their superb design and architecture, these extraordinary buildings offer a world of exciting theatre and music experiences for all Victorians to enjoy,” Ms Kosky said.
“I encourage the Victorian public to take advantage of these world-class venues and the performances they offer.”
Property Council of Australia National President Daniel Grollo said the development was a clear standout amongst category finalists.
“This year’s winners, including the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre, continue to raise the bar for the industry in setting new benchmarks in excellence, particularly in the area of innovative design,” Mr Grollo said.
“Developed by Bovis Lend Lease and designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall, this beautifully crafted development is one of a kind, reflecting a passion for music, theatre and design through construction.”
Ashton Raggatt McDougall director Howard Raggatt said the company wanted to make a real contribution to Melbourne, something extraordinary.
“This was the hope of everyone involved with this project. We’re thrilled that it has been recognised in this way,” Mr Raggatt said.
Bovis Lend Lease General Manager of Victoria Geoff Moore said the construction of the complex required specific expertise in delivering technical and complex projects, and the results spoke for themselves.