12 Apr 2011
The contract to demolish the Western Australian Museum’s 1970s multi-storey building facing Francis Street has been awarded to Australian company Delta Group.
The Francis Street building was closed in 2003 due to asbestos contamination and other occupational health and safety deficiencies. The museum’s collection of about three million objects was moved to Welshpool’s Collection and Research Centre.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said that in 2009 an allocation of $8million over three years was made to the Department of Culture and the Arts for the demolition of the building and associated works.
“The Francis Street building - which does not contain any of the museum’s public exhibits - will be demolished floor by floor inside a dust-proof canopy as a protective measure for the public and museum staff,” Mr Day said.
“Internal demolition works are due to begin in March, while the external demolition work is scheduled to begin mid-year and be completed in time for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October.
“During the demolition, the museum will operate as usual and, once it is complete, the area will be landscaped to blend with the creative work being carried out in the Cultural Centre precinct by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority as an interim measure prior to the development of a new museum facility.
“This work will contribute immensely to the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge, which is helping to attract more people to the area by creating vibrant and dynamic spaces for the community and visitors to Perth.”
Expressions of interest for the demolition were sought from suitably qualified and experienced firms. Four were short listed to tender for the works and these closed in December 2010.
The Minister said the Delta Group was chosen for the company’s requisite skills and experience to complete the complex demolition.