The expansion of the Museums Discovery Centre

Image: Artist impression of Museums Discovery Centre (subject to final approvals) - Lahznimmo Architects.

Image: Artist impression of Museums Discovery Centre (subject to final approvals) – Lahznimmo Architects.

Expansion project

A new state-of-the-art building designed by award-winning Sydney based architectural practice Lahznimmo Architects, will be constructed on the Museum Discovery Centre, Castle Hill site.

It will include spaces for the storage, care, research and viewing of the Powerhouse Collection, as well as flexible spaces for education and public programs, workshops, talks and events.

This world-class facility will enhance the site’s ability to protect valuable State, heritage and cultural assets in a secure, environmentally controlled and sustainable space.

The expansion will increase opportunities for storytelling, skill-sharing, education programs, tours, events, partnerships and temporary exhibitions, and provide greater access to the Powerhouse Collection for the people of Castle Hill and the broader Western Sydney community.

Project Status

The project is now progressing into the delivery phase.

Consent for the State Significant Development Application SSD-10472 was granted on 23 April 2021, by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The Museums Discovery Centre is a storage collaboration with the Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums.

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss the project with us, please contact the project team on project@maas.museum or call 1800 743 436.

For more information visit: https://maas.museum/museums-discovery-centre-expansion/

Prior to the commencement of the construction of main works on site, the following information and documents have been made publicly available in accordance with SSD-10472 Consent Condition B3:

Prior to the commencement of the construction of early works on site, the following information and documents have been made publicly available in accordance with SSD-10472 Consent Condition B3:

Prior to commencement of main works construction under Crown Certificate 2, and until the completion of the works, the applicant will make information and documents publicly available on its website in accordance with SSD-10472  Consent Condition B3:

Prior to commencement of main works construction under Crown Certificate 3, and until the completion of the works, the applicant will make information and documents publicly available on its website in accordance with SSD-10472  Consent Condition B3:

B13 TREE REPLACEMENT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

Prior to commencement of construction of Building J, a final Tree Replacement Implementation Plan (TRIP) must be developed in consultation with Council and approved by the Planning Secretary. The TRIP must include the final planting locations, species, pot sizes and maintenance of the replacement planting for 674 trees (74 trees are to be within Council’s open space and 600 trees are to be within land leased by Taronga Conservation Society Australia to be grown and maintained for the purpose of zoo and animal food). The TRIP must include a requirement that the Applicant is responsible for replacement of any planting losses in the first 12 months, with the same species.

View the approved Tree Replacement Implementation Plan (TRIP).

Image: Artist impression of Museums Discovery Centre (subject to final approvals) – Lahznimmo Architects.