Home to a collection of more than 153,000 works of art—the largest of any art gallery in Australia—the National Gallery of Australia is once again entrusting Manteena to undertake significant infrastructure works within the building.
The gallery was built in the 1970s and completed in 1981. A program of works for replacement and refurbishment of aging infrastructure nearing its’ end-of-life will be implemented over the next three financial years. Some examples include: façade and roofing; fire systems; electrical & mechanical upgrades; lighting; security; and lifts, etc.
Manteena Director, Rod Mitton, first worked in the NGA for Manteena in 1987 and has undertaken numerous projects within the gallery since that time; more recently, Rod was the Senior Project Manager for the award-winning New Entrance and 11 Indigenous Galleries built in 2010. Rod explains that the project program is made up of multiple projects.
“The gallery is open 364 days a year, therefore a level of detailed planning is required to ensure the works don’t interfere with normal gallery operations.”
Rod adds, “the priority will be to determine the sequencing of works in relation to updating and replacing critical infrastructure while maintaining continued operations within the gallery”.
“We’ll now start the process of putting together the consultant teams for each package of work, setting up our team, site offices and implementing the schedule of works”. “This is particularly challenging for the mechanical/electrical system upgrades because the artwork needs to remain in a stable environmental condition. But we have an excellent knowledge of the building from our past experience and our plans reflect an efficient strategy to deliver the work”.
“We’re really excited to be back working with the NGA,” Rod said.
Works will be staged through until 2022.
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has appointed Manteena Commercial to build Stage 1 of its new Embassy development in O’Malley. Lao Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Sisavath Inphachanh & Manteena CEO, Mr Simon Butt, signed the contract to officially mark the commencement of the project.
Stage 1 will feature a new Chancery, Ambassador’s Residence and 10 bedroom self-contained units for staff and guest accommodation.
The buildings’ design is reflective of Lao architectural including use of materials such as terracotta roofs with “flyaway” gables that feature a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Naga. There is a mixture of external finishes featuring shot-blasted blockwork and a combination of face brickwork, stone and wood panelling.
Internally the buildings are more contemporary, suited to modern working and living environments. The buildings are linked via garden paths that traverse steep terraces that will be planted with mature trees and shrubs.
Manteena Director & Project Director, Rod Mitton, explained, “Manteena’s involvement in this project started 12 months ago when we joined the team as part of the Early Contractor Involvement phase”.
“We’ve worked closely with the Lao Embassy & design team to finalise the design and confirm building costs; we’re now eager to commence construction,” Rod said.
“The final design is stunning. I think His Excellency Mr Sisavath Inphachanh, his staff and visitors can be very excited for what we are about to build.”
Manteena has a long and successful history of working on diplomatic projects. The High Commission of Samoa project was recently awarded a National MBA Award for “Best commercial/industrial building under $5M”, in 2018. Other recent projects include: Samoan Parliament House (Apia); US Embassy security upgrades; New Zealand High Commission refurbishment; Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Australian Embassy upgrades in the: USA, UK, South America, Africa, Middle-East and throughout the Asia/Pacific.
Manteena’s experience in heritage buildings within the parliamentary triangle has been called for again with the appointment of Manteena Security as the Managing Contractor for the Lighting and HVAC upgrades at the Museum of Australian Democracy – Old Parliament House.
The works, which will be delivered in 2 phases, aims to improve building energy efficiency: replacing end-of-life, inoperable and unserviceable heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment; and enhance the lighting throughout the building, including exhibition areas, by installing energy efficient LED lighting.
Works onsite are expected to commence early 2019.
The Department of Defence has appointed Manteena Security as its Head Contractor to implement a $9m program of capital work upgrades. Works will commence across six defence sites throughout Australia in the coming months with upgrades expected to be completed by early 2018.
The Australian Federal Police has awarded Manteena Security a $50m contract for its Security Enhancement Project. The AFP is undertaking these security upgrades to provide a safer work environment for the AFP workforce.
Facilities in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will receive new two-layer security checkpoints and hostile-vehicle management systems, while new resistance systems and tools to isolate intruders and lock down buildings will be added.
New systems to respond to security incidents and stand-alone servers for security related IT systems will also be installed.
Sydney’s AFP headquarters will get new fixed bollards, to reduce the risk of an attack like the incident at the Merrylands police station in July, in which a man attempted to set off an explosive before driving his car into the basement garage door and setting himself on fire.
Barton Police College and Majura Training Centre in Canberra will have new security boundaries created; and along with the Edmund Barton Building, will also have upgraded security checkpoints and visitor entry controls. Among the early works are new servers and computers for AFP security systems.