Project Description

Location: Bendigo, Victoria
Architect: Fender Kostalidis
Value: $7.5 million

Umow Lai is part of the project team engaged on the $7.5 million expansion of the Bendigo Art Gallery in regional Victoria.

Work includes the new Park Gallery and a Pavilion to provide new exhibition space to meet first-class international standards expected of a gallery that hosts exhibitions from around the world. The expansion will also add some much-needed storage space and see the refurbishment of the offices and visitor entry areas.

Matthew Francis, a Umow Lai Associate who is engaged on the project, says it is an exciting project. “This gallery combines heritage preservation with cutting edge green engineering design, requiring a fine balance in terms of both engineering and architecture. The challenge was to ensure the existing gallery environments were complimented or enhanced whilst adding new provisions for the new state-of-the-art gallery extension. The design also utilises the latest technology available in all engineering disciplines.”

A core aspect of the project is the imperative to find solutions to help achieve climatic conditions necessary to satisfy the highest agreed international standard for displaying rare, delicate and valuable works of art, and to conserve energy.

Umow Lai will provide mechanical, electrical, fire, sustainability and hydraulic services and will work closely with the Bendigo Art Gallery project team: Fender Kostalidis Australia Architects who were involved in earlier renovation programs, Osborne Consulting Group, Arup, Tract Landscapes, Philip Chun and Slattery Quantity Surveying.