Case Study: Queensland Government & Bovis Lend Lease


Work with Queensland Government and Bovis Lend Lease to monitor noise levels and develop specialized acoustics and vibration designs for one of Australia’s largest cultural infrastructure developments.

Our Approach

The Queensland Government's US$275 million Millennium Arts Project (MAP) was one of Australia’s largest cultural infrastructure developments. Completed in 2006, MAP incorporated 20 projects across regional Queensland plus a redeveloped Cultural Centre in Brisbane comprising a brand new 31,096yd² Gallery of Modern Art (known as GoMA), a redeveloped State Library (which doubled in size to 33,488yd²) and recreational space along the Brisbane River.

ERM has been involved with MAP since 2002, working with the Queensland Government on the acoustic requirements of the initial design and then, with Bovis Lend Lease who took over work on final design and construction.

ERM initially monitored noise levels in existing facilities and engaged with stakeholders to gain a clear understanding of the complex interplay of site elements. ERM then undertook specialized acoustics and vibration design for the Library and new plaza.

The Library included design of a 300 seat auditorium which was required to operate in several modes:  film theatre, speech presentations, music performances and function space with a six meter high acoustic rated operable wall opening onto the events terrace.  Acoustic treatments were also designed for the river room, river stairs, indemnified gallery, offices and meeting rooms.  Chilled beam technology was used as part of the air conditioning solution for the building design.

As part of the development the central energy building was also upgraded including additional diesel generator and a chiller plant.  Cooling water for the chillers was provided by a 1207HP river pumping plantroom located underground adjacent the river and library.  Innovative responses were required to control noise and vibration from the river pump room entering the Library, which included the design of underwater vibration isolation systems for the three 201HP submersible pumps.

Benefits and Value

The Cultural Centre highlights the Queensland Government’s commitment to improving the arts in Queensland. It is providing the community with quiet, peaceful and inspirational spaces for work and recreation and much needed state-of-the-art facilities for library staff to continue to support the fastest growing state in Australia.

The Centre’s reputation was further enhanced when the Bovis Lend Lease Team including ERM’s acoustic staff received two prizes at the 2007 Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards, including the Best Project 2007 award for exceptional engineering merit.

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