Revitalisation update – May 2013
Revitalisation Phase 1 – rectification work on the forecourt is currently underway. This past week the builders have removed and replaced 3 concrete slabs on the upper forecourt and on Monday 20 May will undertake a concrete pour to the area. From next Tuesday the builders will commence repair work to the steps which should take approximately one week to complete.
Revitalisation Phase 2 – Café – Further painting and neon lighting has been installed which has added colour and vibrancy to the café. The outdoor furniture has been delivered and the café and is now able to serve customers on the upper forecourt. There has been some delay with installation of the lighting panels to the façade of the café. Extra testing and adjustments were required to be done. Installation of the remaining panels should be finalised in the near future.
Revitalisation Phase 1 – Some rectification work on the forecourt is required to be undertaken. The builders are reviewing and will provide a schedule of when this work will be carried out.
Revitalisation Phase 2 – the shop and cafe are now fully operational. The shop has a fantastic range of merchandise including Museum souvenirs and catalogues, as well as ceramics, glassware, textiles and jewellery. Now located at the exit to the Museum, it’s hard not be tempted by the stock on display. The new cafe is also proving to be popular with visitors. A new breakfast and lunch menu has been available from the 1 March. New chairs were delivered and installed in the cafe by 7 March. These Broom chairs are designed by Philippe Stark and Emeco, and are made from recyled material. Minor works still to be done include finalising the installation of the lighting panels to the facade of the cafe, once completed this will create the affect of an illuminated light box. Stay tuned for photos to come next week.
Level 2 toilet refurbishment – the new facilities were opened prior to Christmas. Where the previous washroom facilities had been located is now an expanded open space which can be used for exhibitions or programs. Installation of new doors leading into the level 2 courtyard has increased the Museum’s flexibility in transporting larger objects into this space. The Public Learning Centre rooms on this floor are in the midst of being repainted and this area will re-opened in the near future.
Revitalisation Phase 1 – major work is completed, however there is minor rectification work still to be carried out. The builders will return on 14 January and will continue to go through the defects list and rectify any items. The visitor lift will also be closed one day for cleaning. A date for this to take place will be confirmed.
Revitalisation Phase 2 –Shop – the shop has been opened and trading since 6 November, however there are minor adjustments being made to the shelving and lighting. Café – major work is now completed. Currently being installed are the tables, chairs, and benches. Santos, the café operators, are in the midst of setting up their operations and a soft opening will take place in early January. Work will continue throughout January and February on developing and installing the café façade. This will involve the application of new lighting technology that will illuminate the façade.
Level 2 toilet refurbishment – the new toilet facilities were completed on Wednesday 19 December. With demolition of the old toilet block completed work is now underway to make good this area. The electricians will commence lighting installation from 2January and upon their return on 14 January the builders will finish levelling the floor, and will paint the ceiling, columns and walls.
Revitalisation Phase 1 – work on the thresholds to the Switch House doors will be completed and the fencing will be removed from the forecourt this next week. Internally the builders are continuing to go through the defects list and rectify outstanding items. The visitor lift will also need to be closed another day to finalise cleaning and trimming. A date for this to take place will be confirmed.
Revialisation Phase 2 – additional shelving units are currently being installed which is the final stage of the fitout for the shop. The kitchen fitout is proceeding well with the installation of the appliances and equipment well underway.
Level 2 toilet refurbishment – New toilet facilities – construction and installation of fittings and fixtures is now complete and the new toilet facilities are expected to open to the public next week. Work yet to be completed involves the installation of signage and graphics. Existing toilet block – both walls have now been demolished and the builders are in the midst of removing the rubble from site. Once this is complete the floor will be levelled, the columns will be clad, lighting and magna grid installed and the area made good.
Shop – after many months of planning the new shop will open in the Switch House on Tuesday 6 November. Be sure to check out the fantastic range of stock. With Christmas just around the corner you will be sure to find unique gifts and stocking stuffers for your family and friends.
Cafe – work on the cafe is underway. Grindley Construction was awarded the contract and commenced work on site on Monday 22 October. The cafe is due to open by Christmas. Stay tune for further updates and photos.
External work – there has been a delay in the delivery of glass for the glazing strip that will connect the upper forecourt to the Switch House. Delivery is now expected on 10 November and it will take approximately one week to install.
Internal work – minor rectification work is continuing.
Level 2 toilet refurbishment – over this coming weekend the existing toilet block on level 2 will be hoarded off in preparation for demolition work to commence on Monday 5 November. Demolition of the existing toilet block will be done concurrently with the final construction phase of the new toilet facilties. The majority of this demolition work will be done out of Museum opening hours. Both the new toilets and the demolition of the existing toilet block are due to be completed by the end of November.