New SAM Build Starts Friday

SAM Contract Signed


3 April 2019

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Construction on the new Shepparton Art Museum is set to commence on Friday with the signing of the contract between Greater Shepparton City Council and Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, the successful tenderer for the build.

Kane Constructions are a multi-award winning, privately owned commercial construction company which has extensive experience in building quality contemporary buildings, including in regional areas such as Ararat, Numurkah, Horsham, Geelong and Ballarat.

Kane Constructions are active in all sectors of the industry with a turnover in excess of $800 million and over 450 full time employees, they operate throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

The construction contract was awarded to Kane Constructions at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

“Kane are very excited to be appointed to construct this unique and special project,” said Kane Construction Director, Geoff Purcell. 

At Kane, we have a long and successful history of delivering tailor-made, complex and demanding building projects throughout Victoria and are very much looking forward to making the new SAM vison a reality.

The building will be constructed with the following actions and completed by the end of 2020:

Stage 1:

  • Piles completed & ground floor slab underway mid 2019
  • Level 4 slab & roof steel structure completed late 2019
  • Façade completed early 2020
  • Fitout completed mid 2020

Stage 2:

  • Landscaping, car parking late 2020

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said the Council was pleased the contract had been awarded and works would commence on 5 April. “This is the most significant and bold building that Council has invested in, and we have every confidence that Kane Constructions will do the design justice.” 

The build is going to be world class and a must-see destination, attracting tourism and visitation to Greater Shepparton. I can’t wait to see the transformation of the location take place.

The works will necessitate the removal of 37 trees in the footprint of the SAM building. The trees were part of the planning process and were subject to a detailed inspection and audit. The majority of the trees are of low to medium value and some are being removed due to noted risks such as consistent limb failures.

Council is replacing the trees with 35,000 tube stock trees, 31 medium (45 litre) trees and 46 large (100 litre) trees to offset the loss. The trees will be Australian native and indigenous plants suitable to the area. This will ensure carbon offset for the Goulburn Valley region although there was no requirement for offsets on these tree removals. 

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