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Leading architectural firm to work on new Hamilton Gallery

19 June 2018

Southern Grampians Shire Council has appointed the internationally-renowned architectural firm Denton, Corker, Marshall Pty Ltd to undertake the scoping study and master plan for the new Hamilton Gallery.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Mary-Ann Brown said she was excited by the prospect of working with such high profile firm.

“This gives great confidence for the next iteration of the Hamilton Gallery and the role that creative industries can play in promoting the lifestyle opportunities in the regions, driving tourism experiences beyond metropolitan areas.

“We received excellent tender submissions from similarly qualified firms and we are very excited and keen to get this project moving for the advancement of our region,” Cr Brown concluded.

The project will generate designs for the proposed new building, which demonstrate excellence and leadership in museum architecture, underpinned by economic modelling and urban planning advice. It will set the vision for the building to deliver the highest standards of museum conventions and exhibition requirements as well as a 5 star + green rating.

Four tender submissions were received and assessed by a panel consisting of Council officers, industry experts and stakeholders. Evaluations were based on price, demonstrated ability to deliver, performance, knowledge, project management and environmental sustainability considerations. After detailed consideration and scoring, the recommendation was to award the tender to Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd for the GST exclusive price of $200,000.

David Islip, Principal Adviser Architecture + Urban Design, Chair Architect Registration Board of Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet, and a member of the selection panel commented that Denton, Corker, Marshall are recognised as a leading international architecture practice who will bring a design-led approach to the feasibility study and masterplan for a new Art Gallery in Hamilton.

“The design capability of Denton, Corker, Marshall is apparent in their awarded projects from Venice to Stonehenge, from Tokyo to Melbourne; and in their understanding of place, function and architectural form.

“This initial stage of the project is of state significance, in not only delivering on the regional tourism strategy, but in elevating the importance of Hamilton Gallery’s distinctive $25 million collection," Mr Islip concluded.

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