Westpac Long Gallery
LOCATION:
1 William Street, Sydney, NSW
CLIENT:
Australian Museum
ARCHITECT:
Design 5
BUILDER:
A J Bristow and Sons Pty Ltd
PROJECT VALUE:
$9m
SERVICES:
Mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire protection

In 2017, following a year-long restoration, the Westpac Long Gallery in the Australian Museum, was open to the public. With generations of ad-hoc changes swept away, the original floors were uncovered, the marble columns revealed and restored and the original wire fretwork re-installed on all levels.

ADP Consulting are privileged to have been part of the team in the restoration of this iconic heritage landmark. Not just bricks and mortar, this has been a project of passion, reviving a sense of grandeur and wonder to this national treasure, the oldest museum in the nation which houses precious objects from Australia’s past.

Founded in 1827 to house a natural history collection, Australia’s first public museum has been at the forefront of scientific research, collection and education for 190 years.

As part of the restoration the Museum wanted to transform the Long Gallery into a modern multi-function space; enabling flexibility from hosting lectures to exhibition of the latest multi-media displays.

To ensure the best comfort to visitors, protection of the exhibits and to assist with humidity control, ADP designed a displacement ventilation system, to seamlessly incorporate into the display case assembly. This along with the delivery of a new audio-visual system has enabled the Australian Museum to comfortably host large functions amongst its 200 most valuable Treasures.