An Expression of Interest for a Design Consultant team has been released for the A$83 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project.
A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library of Victoria is Australia's oldest public library and its magnificent 19th-century building is home to some of the city's most beautiful heritage interiors.
The redevelopment project includes the restoration of Queen's Hall, reopening the Library's Russell Street entrance, an e-Town Hall that will connect regional public libraries, and new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship and exhibitions. Construction is due to begin in 2017.
Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said, "This is an historic project for State Library Victoria and for our state, one that will celebrate the building's magnificent heritage and return significant spaces to public use. It will firmly position Australia's oldest and busiest public library as a contemporary centre of knowledge, inspiration and innovation at the heart of our education state and creative industries for 2020 and beyond."
The Expression of Interest (EOI) seeks a consultant team with experience in projects of a similar scale and complexity and a demonstrated track record of design excellence across all stages of a project. An understanding of world's best practice in the refurbishment of significant heritage buildings, and the latest innovations in library facilities and major cultural institutions, will also be critical.
The design team will be chosen through a two-stage process. The EOI will close at 2pm on 10 November, 2015. This will be followed by a Request for Tender, expected to be released to shortlisted registrants in mid-January 2016. The selected design team will be announced in mid-March 2016.