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Brown Street Lift Installation

Background

As part of the response to COVID-19, on the 22 May 2020 the Federal Government announced a $500M Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP). As part of this program Council received $1,985,254 in funding.
On review of Councils strategic plans and asset management plans the installation of the lift in the Hamilton Gallery was identified as being recommended for delivery under the LRCIP.

The upstairs of the Brown Street complex, which encompasses the Hamilton Cinema, Hamilton Gallery, Hamilton PAC and the Council offices is currently serviced only by the Hamilton cinema lift, making it the only access point for people with accessibility issues.

As many community members would be aware, the Hamilton cinema lift is failing, unreliable and needs to be replaced. Council determined that rather replace the cinema lift and leave the Brown Street complex without disability access for a long period of time throughout construction, a second lift would be built at the Gallery. The new lift will then be the primary accessibility point for the complex.

The project tender was advertised on 31 July 2020 and Council awarded the contract to the Ultrabuild Construction Group Pty Ltd for the value of $208,000 (incl. GST) at the October 2020 Council meeting.

Details

The lift installation works will require the Gallery to close in order to protect and maintain the integrity of the collection.

The Gallery will close from 1 March – 27 August. This includes time for staff to de-install of current exhibitions/collection and the re-install of new exhibitions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why didn’t you complete these works throughout COVID closure?

The budget for this project was not available at that time. The project has been made possible at this stage thanks to COVID related funding from the State Government through the Local Government Community Infrastructure Program.

It’s unfortunate that we need to close again, however it is important that we ensure our Brown Street buildings are accessible by all of our patrons.

Why are you putting a new lift in the Gallery when you’re about to build a new Gallery?

Council determined that rather replace the cinema lift and leave the Brown Street complex without disability access for a long period of time throughout construction, a second lift would be built at the Gallery. The new lift will then be the primary accessibility point for the complex.

When a new HG is built, this lift will still remain viable for accessing the remainder of the Brown Street complex.

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