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 University of Canberra has contracted Manteena, as the Managing Contractor, to finalise design and undertake significant demolition & fitout works to Building 5, Building 6, Building 1, UC Lodge and the data centre.
The team is currently setting up on site, with plans in place to begin demolition within Building 5 over the coming weeks.
The package of works includes:
This project reaffirms Manteena’s commitment to work collaboratively with the University of Canberra to undertake significant works on campus. The project is due for completion later in 2019.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Philippa Seldon from Operations Support Manager to Operations Manager, Fitout & Minor Works. Since joining Manteena in 2009, Philippa has managed an impressive array of projects in both government and private sectors. Always putting the best interests of her clients first, Philippa will lead the Fitout & Minor Works team to deliver innovative and cost effective building outcomes.