• arts & culture

7 August 2017

Built construction group has been appointed as head contractor for the $88.1 million redevelopment of State Library Victoria, bringing the Library's Vision 2020 a step closer to reality.

State Library Victoria Vision 2020, Children's Quarter

State Library Victoria Vision 2020, Children's Quarter

Vision 2020 will transform Australia’s oldest public library, opening up 40 per cent more space for public use, including reopening and restoring the majestic Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and the historic Russell Street entrance.

It will also create dynamic new spaces for children and families, teenagers, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Built was selected from a shortlist of four companies and has a strong history of delivering projects in constrained central business district locations, having previously worked on projects such as Canberra’s Australian War Memorial, Sydney’s State Theatre and the Melbourne GPO Building.

At the peak of work Built expects to employ 140 workers on site.

Australasian design firm Architectus with leading Scandinavian architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen have developed the designs for the redevelopment, which is due for completion in 2020.

The Andrews Labor Government has funded $60.4 million of the $88.1 million redevelopment with the remainder sourced from philanthropic donations.

Work is expected to begin on site later this month.

Read more about Vision 2020