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Museum of Australian Democracy


November 2019



Delivery Method

Lump Sum


Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn


Five Spaces Design

The Museum of Australian Democracy engaged Manteena to manage the construction to create a new exhibition space underneath the original House of Representatives Chamber at Old Parliament House.

The scope of works included:

  • Demolition works including existing HVAC, lead paint and asbestos removal works
  • Extensive new services infrastructure including electrical, communications, mechanical (including humidification plant) and hydraulics
  • New acoustic partitions and ceilings including feature architectural bulkhead
  • Acoustic floor finishes
  • Heritage works including conservator works
  • High end joinery and fitout, incorporating significant exhibition AV and lighting elements
  • Feature exhibition lighting
  • Re-purposed heritage spaces for new bathroom facilities including new drainage works
  • Construction of new plant and communication rooms including electrical distribution boards & communication racks.

Focal points of the project included:

  • Demolition of existing HVAC system above heritage spaces
  • Asbestos and lead paint removal works
  • Extensive mechanical service installation works including external works to roof
  • Planning and coordination of services isolation affecting building operations
  • Installation and coordination of services through new and existing spaces for current and future exhibitions
  • Occupied building and function spaces affecting working hours
  • Incorporation of original building elements and surfaces into design
  • Working closely with project stakeholders to manage budget.

Manteena performance on the project was validated in the written reference by the client who said “The transformation is remarkable” and “Their work in the space was fabulous”.

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