Major Projects Victoria is inviting expressions of interest from architects for an $83 million redevelopment of the State Library of Victoria.
The project involves the redevelopment and expansion of the library’s public spaces to create a more accessible and adaptable facility. The dome galleries are to be transformed into open access collection spaces and the Russell Street entrance will be re-opened.
The historic Queens Hall, the oldest part of the library and the original heritage reading room also requires a restoration so it can be re-opened to the public.
The project aims to enable greater visitor numbers to the library, with new learning and play spaces for children and families and a new innovation hub and digital media centre with technologically enhanced spaces to foster entrepreneurship.
Major Projects Victoria is seeking a design team with expertise in sensitive and considered refurbishment of significant heritage buildings. A successful design team would also be selected on its knowledge of the latest innovations in library facilities and major cultural institutions and ability to manage the refurbishment of the library while it is continuously operating.
Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced plans to redevelop the State Library of Victoria in the May 2015. Expressions of interest documents are available on the Tenders Victoria website.
The State Library of Victoria was previously refurbished by Ancher Mortlock Woolley between 1990 and 2004 when the glass dome was restored.
The redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2020.