Plans for the redevelopment of the Shepparton Art Museum have reached the next stage with five architectural teams selected to develop concept designs for SAM.

The architects are Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd, John Wardle Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Lyons, and MvS Architects.

From SAM:

The architecture competition for a new SAM attracted 88 applications through Greater Shepparton City Council’s tendering process. The tender was the first stage of a two-stage competition endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects to select an architectural design for the new museum.

A seven member jury assessed the applications and shortlisted to five. The seven member jury is a skills based board, with professionals drawn from the arts, architecture/design, academia, Indigenous architecture and related industries.

The judging was based on Design Approach (50%), Capability (30%) and Experience (20%). The Design Approach judged the quality and strength of the design team’s ideas, approach and strategy for the project.

The Experience criteria included the nominated design team’s skills, experience and qualifications and extent of involvement of the key personal.

The Capability criteria focused on the design team’s capacity and resources including their ability to deliver outstanding architecture and landscape design of similar scale and complexity; ability to achieve cost-effective solutions through excellent design; and the ability to work effectively with local government or similar clients and a range of stakeholders, and to coordinate consultant teams.

“In January 2017 we will put all five design concepts on public exhibition and will announce the winner of the competition in April 2017,” said Director Community Kaye Thomson.

“Each of the five architect teams will be provided with a more detailed brief and will be paid an honorarium of $7,000 to assist with the development of the concept design. The winning entry will receive a prize of $10,000.”

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