National Museum of Australia Repository Space Planning

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Project Brief

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) recognises several shortcomings to the leased property at 90 Vicars Street Mitchell, which operates as a mid level repository for the Museum’s collection, as well as housing the Museum’s Conservation laboratories and offices and the Repatriation human remains store and secret sacred store.

The following issues were required to be investigated as part of the Space Planning Study:

  • How to deliver the best use of the facility at 90 Vicars Street Mitchell by identifying organisational and space utilisation requirements to maximise storage, enable greater efficiencies in work practices and improve amenity for staff.
  • Investigate the feasibility of moving material stored at Gladstone Street Fyshwick to 90 Vicars Street Mitchell.
  • Report outcomes taken from consultations with stakeholders, including a workshop to investigate the use of the facility.
  • Input into future capital works program for the NMA.

SQC Architecture’s solution

SQC Architecture facilitated the study, developed the project brief, tested alternative masterplanning options, produce the preferred masterplan drawing and provide cost estimates of the proposed works to inform future Capital Works Programs.

SQC Architecture engaged with all stakeholders at the site and specifically worked with officers of the NMA Property + Environment office.

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