Property and Infrastructure Specialists

The Harry Butler Research Centre

Employing expertise in scope definition, design and project management to deliver a specialised research facility within a complex live environment
Client
Department of Finance, Building Management & Works
Location
Welshpool, WA
Value
$17.6M
Sector

WA’s largest collection of historical artefacts

Up to 90% of Western Australia’s collection of geological, archaeological, natural history, social and cultural artefacts are stored and researched at the Western Australian Museum’s Collections and Research Centre (CRC).

Capital works to expand the collection management and research facilities of the CRC were required as part of the New Museum Project.

Design management and project delivery

APP was initially engaged to prepare a project brief for the CRC upgrade. This role was later extended to include the design management and delivery of the project.  

Working within a strict budget we engaged with key stakeholders and external consultants to define the scope of the project. With the brief in place and approved, we managed the development of design and procurement documentation, in close consultation with all stakeholders.

Achievement

As with all live sites, the construction phase presented a number of significant challenges to avoid disruption. We drew on our extensive experience of construction management in complex operational environments to ensure that the client could continue ‘business as usual’ throughout the building phase.

Because of the sensitive work done at the CRC, and the complex approval certification needed when working with laboratories and dangerous goods, we imposed stringent controls during construction to minimise dust and vibration.

We kept in close contact with stakeholders at all stages of the project, to ensure that the finished facility would meet all their operational requirements, and to keep them fully informed of any project risks.  

From the makeshift, retrofitted facilities that my staff previously had to work in, the move to a fully compliant, fit-for-purpose, shiny new facility was beyond their wildest dreams.

I have also been amazed at the psychological impact that this building has had on my people and on their work practices – I had not really anticipated such a happy, positive, proactive workforce at the end of the build, but it is one of the wonderful outcomes of this project. I would like to sincerely thank you and your team in helping the WA Museum to achieve the first stage of our New Museum Project with such a fantastic building.

Di Jones

Executive Director, Perth Museums and Collections