Expansion of Powerhouse Museums Discovery Centre to create a world-class cultural destination
The Powerhouse Museums Discovery Centre is being expanded as part of the bigger Powerhouse renewal. The expansion will include a new 8,000 sqm building, create 30 percent larger storage and provide a new level of access to the Powerhouse collection for the community.
NSW Public Works has a leading role in the project, supporting the design phase and as the project manager for the procurement and delivery of construction works. “Two NSW Public Works staff have been engaged on the project since May 2020, bringing extensive experience of working on large and complex projects and delivering construction projects for the government,” said NSW Public Works Director of Capital Projects Peter Hogan.
In 2021-22, NSW Public Works worked collaboratively with Create NSW, Powerhouse, the design team and the building contractor to finalise the design. In addition, NSW Public Works has continued to manage project and contract administration for the client and coordinate outstanding approvals from statutory authorities such as Fire and Rescue NSW.
In June 2021, NSW Public Works awarded the $24 million building contract to Taylor Construction Group, who started works in August 2021. “Significant progress has occurred on site in 2021-22,” said NSW Public Works Senior Project Manager Tim Bain.
“Most of the structure has been completed and services fit out works have commenced. This has been despite unprecedented rain, supply chain challenges and COVID disruptions.” Construction works are expected to be completed in March 2023.