Construction contract for Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney awarded to Watpac Construction

Watpac’s Construction division has been awarded the refurbishment and construction contract for the $53 million Museum of Contemporary Art redevelopment (MCA) in Sydney.

Watpac representatives and dignitaries attended the building site today as the first sod was officially turned, signifying the start of construction works.

The project at Sydney’s Circular Quay will see the MCA redeveloped into a world-class art and educational facility. The $40 million construction build will expand the Northern wing of the Museum to increase the size of the MCA by almost 50 per cent. It will also create a National Centre for Creative Learning, comprising educational workshop spaces, facilities for young people with specific needs, a digital classroom, multimedia room, library and resource room, and a 120-seat lecture theatre.

The redevelopment will also involve a new fully accessible entrance, and expanded commercial spaces. Two new function venues on the top level of the existing MCA building will offer views of Sydney Harbour, while a rooftop café and sculpture terrace will also adorn the development. Sustainability is at the heart of the construction project, which will see the inclusion of environmentally-sustainable design initiatives such as a state-of-the-art sea water heat exchange air-conditioning system.

The new-look museum will open in early 2012. It has been funded by the Federal and State Government, as well as the City of Sydney. Sydney philanthropist Simon Mordant and his family also generously donated $15 million to realise the project.

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