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Western Australian Museum, Preferred bidder named for new museum, 6 April 2016

  • Brookfield Multiplex with international architects OMA and Hassell the preferred respondent
  • Three innovative responses received
  • Negotiations to conclude in mid-2016

The contract to design and build the new museum for Western Australia in Perth has reached an important milestone with the State Government announcing that it will enter into exclusive negotiations with the team led by Brookfield Multiplex, working with international architects OMA and Hassell.

Premier Colin Barnett said the State had been impressed by the responses that had been received from the three world-class consortia shortlisted for the project.

“The State Government received eight responses to the original expression of interest and the three shortlisted consortia spent several months developing proposals and concepts to provide Western Australia with an exceptional museum for the 21st Century,” Premier Barnett said.

“We expect the contract will be awarded mid-year which is when we can reveal the successful design.”

Following approval of Brookfield Multiplex as the preferred respondent, the State will now enter into exclusive negotiations, seeking to reach final agreement on the design, construction and programming of the project.

The State also approved a consortium led by Doric, with French architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel, as the reserve respondent in the event that the State cannot successfully conclude negotiations with Brookfield Multiplex.

Arts and Culture Minister John Day thanked the three consortia for their commitment to the bidding process and for the significant investment that each had made in the development of their proposals.

“The significant international response highlights the prestigious nature of the project.

Mr Day said Brookfield Multiplex has extensive experience in delivering major projects, whilst OMA and its principal, Rem Koolhaas, have a well-established reputation for creating dramatic architecture. Hassell has also developed a significant international reputation.

“OMA has a vast portfolio of international projects including the expansion of Le Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, the Seattle Public Library and the China Central Television Building in Beijing. Hassell has completed many projects in China, but will be best known to Australian audiences for projects like the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station and Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

  • Shortlisted respondents (in alphabetical order): Brookfield Multiplex with OMA and Hassell; Doric with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Cameron, Chisolm, Nichol, and Parry and Rosenthal; and John Holland with Foster + Partners, and Hames Sharley
  • Criteria for assessment of proposals included design, delivery, legal, commercial, and value for money considerations.

For more information on the new museum project go to www.museum.wa.gov.au/new-museum

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