The one-of-a-kind building boasts 17,000m2 of exhibition space and consists of a 14-storey tower over a 3-storey podium and a 2-storey basement. The many collections of visual art located in the museum’s 33 galleries will open to the public at the end of 2021. As one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, it is a masterpiece of engineering and design.
The new museum also includes three cinemas, a Mediatheque (multimedia library), a learning hub and a research centre alongside other facilities to interest those who may not have an eye for fine art.
To ensure safe and efficient project delivery, Gammon adopted an ‘integrated digital project delivery system’ that included implementing many advanced technologies before construction started. One of the main challenges the team faced was building over the tunnels of two existing live railways. Using 3D scanning and Building Information Modelling (BIM) eased the difficulty of this task and allowed the team to prepare for the delivery of the project.
As well as utilising digital tools, off-site manufacturing techniques and modularisation were used to help make delivery more efficient and improve standards of quality.