Abigroup starts work on Queensland Museum refurbishment
19 December 2011
Abigroup has started major work on the $14.3 million refurbishment of Queensland Museum at Brisbane’s South Bank Cultural Centre.
The Queensland Government Department of Public Works, on behalf of Arts Queensland, appointed Abigroup as Managing Contractor to carry out a range of works designed to create better access to the Museum and exhibitions and to improve the general facilities.
Abigroup’s Queensland General Manager Steve Abson said, “This is a significant project which will considerably improve the iconic Queensland Museum, providing a suitable setting to help future generations of visitors appreciate our natural and cultural environment.
“This project adds to Abigroup’s impressive portfolio of building work within the Brisbane area which also includes the restoration of Brisbane City Hall and the design and construction of Queensland Children’s Hospital.”
The refurbishment project includes:
- a new central staircase which will improve visitor flow around exhibitions and create a sense of light and space at the centre of the Museum;
- the café will be refurbished with extra seating, air conditioning and weather protection for the external courtyard. There will be enhanced kitchen facilities and patrons will have access to the roof terrace for the first time;
- new, wider escalators and a new lift will make it easier to move around the Museum; and
- a new entrance from Grey Street will serve as a dedicated entry point for schools and other group bookings and will feature an eye-catching ‘glass box’ designed to give passers-by a glimpse of inside activity.
The Museum is currently closed during the refurbishment works which are scheduled to be completed in early 2012.
Artist's impression of the new Museum Cafe area