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Saturday19 August 2017

Purcell on shortlist for Australia’s oldest public library

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Four finalists fight it out for £40m state library redevelopment

Purcell has been shortlisted for the £40 million redevelopment of Australia’s oldest public library in Melbourne.

The conservation specialist is the only UK firm on the list and is in a team with Hassell and Aecom as engineers.

The three other shortlisted teams are Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen with local firms Architectus and Andronas Conservation Architects; an Australian pairing of Ashton Raggatt McDougall with Bryce Raworth Heritage Architects; and Brisbane’s Conrad Gargett with Melbourne-based architect Lyons.

They were selected for their knowledge of conservation architecture and their experience of schemes of comparable scale and complexity.

The State Library Victoria was established in 1854 and is one of the state’s oldest public institutions as well as being the nation’s oldest public library.

The 2020 redevelopment includes restoring the historic Queen’s Hall and reopening the library’s Russell Street entrance as well as creating new learning and exhibition spaces.

A winner is due to be announced in March with construction starting next year.

 

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  • The Melbourne library had the largest unsupported concrete span in the world when it was completed. Quite an innovative building.

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