Richard Crookes Wins $344m NSW Gallery Development


Privately-owned builder Richard Crookes Constructions has won the contract on the $344 million Sydney Art Gallery after the New South Wales government re-opened the tender process for its redevelopment last month.

The family-owned construction company, RCC, is also the builder on the Opera Residences, a development on Sydney’s Circular Quay also known as Australia’s most expensive apartments, by joint developers Landream and Macrolink.

Construction of the art gallery was pegged to commence early this year with completion scheduled in time for the gallery’s 150th anniversary in 2021.

But construction of the SANAA designed project is now expected to kick off in the coming months with a newly announced completion date of 2022.

Lendlease was believed to be the last remaining bidder for the art gallery’s major expansion, but the New South Wales government re-opened the tender process due to a cost blow out.

In her announcement, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the project “remains on track to be delivered within its $344 million budget”.

Infrastructure New South Wales is managing the delivery of the project’s expansion on behalf of the state government and Gallery.

Backed by the state government’s $244 million in funding, the Gallery has attracted philanthropic support, having exceeded its fundraising target of $100 million for the construction of the new standalone building, marking the largest public-private partnership of its kind achieved to date in the Australian arts.

A public art garden will link the new and existing gallery buildings, and double the space for the display, and will include more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks, along with plans to host major international exhibitions.

The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded the Sydney project a 6-star Green Star design rating.

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