Construction services firm Multiplex has broken ground on a new museum in Perth, Western Australia.
The new museum will feature exhibition galleries, multipurpose spaces for public programs and community use, learning studios, retail and cafe spaces. The non-heritage parts at the site will be demolished as part of the project.
The new facility is expected to open in 2020. Up to 80% of materials from the site will be recycled.
Premier Mark McGowan said: "The development of a world-class destination that provides excellent visitor experiences and learning opportunities for children and adults will be a great resource for all Western Australians, particularly families.”
The project is expected to result in the creation of 3,300 jobs during the construction phase, McGowan stated.
Culture and the arts minister David Templeman added: "The new museum will showcase the State's extraordinary history, biodiversity, people and places. It will be a museum for all Western Australians and will feature Aboriginal culture as well as the stories of the many people of our multicultural State.”