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New Museum for Western Australia

Refurbishing heritage buildings to provide new services at the State’s modern gateway to exploration

  • $378

    Million Project Value

  • 19K

    Metres Squared

  • Perth, Western Australia

    Perth, Western Australia

Bringing more historic content to Western Australia while improving the reliability and efficiency of Perth’s cultural precinct

The New Museum for Western Australia provides a modern and significantly larger home for exhibition content—much of which has remained in storage for many years. In addition to permanent galleries, it contains spaces for temporary and touring exhibitions, offices, restaurants, and function spaces.

Refurbishing heritage buildings dating back to the 1850s presented both a challenge and an opportunity. Care was taken to minimise impact while also providing new services and allowing for public spaces. Stantec worked closely with Multiplex and architects HASSELL+OMA, providing design and consulting for electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, fire, lighting, ICT, audio-visual, acoustic, and vertical transport services. Our mechanical and electrical teams designed a central plant system serving the entire Perth Cultural Precinct, improving the reliability, efficiency, electrical demand, ongoing running costs, and environmental impact of the precinct. Efficiencies continue into the museum, with LED lighting controlled via presence detection and daylight harvesting. We selected and positioned façade lighting following on-site testing to emphasise the heritage features of the existing buildings.

This exciting project creates a modern civic and learning environment that shares the stories of the State’s people and place, acting as a gateway to explore Western Australia.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Stephen King, Fire Section Manager, Principal

Mixing prescriptive with performance-based design, I like to be involved in technical detail without losing focus on the big picture.
Stephen King Fire Section Manager, Principal Read More

Elliot Alfirevich, Group Leader, Buildings, WA, Director

I build trust with clients, contractors, and stakeholders and offer practical and buildable solutions that meet project goals.
Elliot Alfirevich Group Leader, Buildings, WA, Director Read More

Andrew Wakelam, Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

I’m a people person—I thrive on the collaborative process with both the project design team and between the disciplines at Stantec.
Andrew Wakelam Mechanical Section Manager, Principal Read More

Stephen King

Fire Section Manager, Principal

Elliot Alfirevich

Group Leader, Buildings, WA, Director

Andrew Wakelam

Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

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