The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has awarded arete Australia, a fit-out division of Kane Constructions, the contract to carry out the redevelopment of the National Sports Museum (NSM) located inside Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Aus$17.1m (£9.6m/€10.7m/$12m) project was first revealed in February. After what it described as an “extensive and competitive” tender process, the MCC said it selected arete Australia because of the company’s long and successful history in delivering tailor-made, complex and demanding building projects throughout the state of Victoria.
MCC CEO Stuart Fox said the appointment is a significant milestone in the Club’s vision to transform the National Sports Museum into a leading-edge attraction in the sporting and cultural landscape.
The upgrade, which is scheduled to be completed by late February 2020 to tie in with Australia’s staging of the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups, is supported by a Aus$5m contribution from the Victorian Government.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, said: “This is a significant step towards creating our new home of sporting history at our iconic MCG and we welcome arete Australia, who will get on with the job of this redevelopment.
“With more than 140,000 people from Australia and overseas visiting the museum or taking an MCG Tour each year, the new renovations will provide even more reason for fans to visit the home of Australian sport.”
The NSM’s last day of operation will be August 16 before it closes for renovation works. Daily tours of the MCG will still continue to operate while the renovation project is underway.