‘Balfour Beatty’ to make a full-time return in 2019
Construction is set to commence on the former National Gallery of Victoria (NGA) building in Altona in 2019, with the iconic structure set to become the home of a museum, gallery and community centre.
Key points:Balfours Beatty is set for a full revivalThe project will be funded by the Victorian Government and built by the Altonas Victorian Heritage TrustThe NGA was built in 1928 and was previously used as a police stationThe project is set up by the NGA and Altonascotaworks of Melbourne, and is backed by the State Government and Victorian Government.
Altonas’ Victorian Heritage Minister Tim O’Sullivan said the project was being built with “heart and purpose” and would create jobs and boost the local economy.
“It is an exciting project for Alton, and it will create good employment and create a much-needed community centre,” Mr O’Sullivans statement said.
“There is a huge need for a cultural centre that will complement the community and provide a place for young people to learn and socialise.”
The project has already received support from the Victorian Heritage Foundation and the Victorian State Government, as well as the local community.
Mr O’Brien said the facility would be an ideal location for a museum and community hub.
“I believe the Nga has a great place to live and will be a great centre for the Alottas to have,” he said.
The project also includes a range of community projects including a playground, bike paths, outdoor seating, an amphitheatre, and more.
Mr Altonaworks said the site was ideally located to accommodate a range a recreational and cultural events.
“We have an incredible collection of historic buildings, and I think it’s really important that we keep it going and develop it into something more,” Mr Altonaws construction manager James Stacey said.
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