Big lift for new museum cantilever gallery

  • Massive steel section for the new museum is being lifted into place
  • Installation of the cantilever steelwork marks a project milestone
  • Around 1,600 tonnes of steel, fabricated in WA, makes up the new museum building

A 45 metre-long steel structure, weighing 30 tonnes, is being carefully lifted into position on Western Australia’s new museum.

The structure is one of the final pieces of steel work required to complete the frame of the cantilever gallery, a major feature of the striking new museum design being delivered by Multiplex.

Designed by architects HASSELL+OMA, the cantilever gallery will float above the heritage-listed Hackett Hall building, framing it like an artefact in its own right.

The cantilevered extension will house the exciting new Tianqi-sponsored Connections exhibition.

The large steel section is being lifted into place by a 450 tonne crane and will sit 30 metres above ground level. Heavy lifting specialist, Perth Rigging, is managing the complex lift procedure.

The steel section was made locally by Pacific Industrial Company in Naval Base and took four weeks to fabricate. It is made up of 17 smaller pieces that were trucked to the Perth Cultural Centre and assembled on site.

Once the steel work is installed, work will begin to pour the suspended concrete slabs, floors, walls and roofs of the upper level exhibition galleries.

The new museum is on schedule, with the building expected to be complete in 2019. Exhibition fit-out will occur over the following 12 months, ready for opening in 2020.

As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

“The completion of the cantilever gallery steel work is an important milestone for the new museum project. Work is progressing at a rapid pace, and the impressive building is taking shape, ready for opening in 2020.

“This is an important cultural infrastructure project for our State, delivering a landmark building within the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

“The cantilevered extension and its galleries will showcase the stories of Western Australia’s relationships with other parts of the world using state-of-the-art technology and innovative display methods.”

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