- Project: Melbourne Aquarium Upgrade
- Location: Melbourne
- Construction Date: 2013
- Client: Merlin Entertainments Group
Concept Architect - Kay Elliott Architects (UK)
Structural - Bonacci Group
Services - Medland Metropolis
Theming - Arterial Design
Lighting Design - Emphasis Lighting
Project Manager - Merlin Entertainments
Quantity Surveyor - Wilde & Woollard
- Builder: MPA Projects
Melbourne Aquarium Upgrade
Located in the heart of Melbourne overlooking the Yarra River, Melbourne Aquarium underwent a programme of refurbishment, redesign and rebranding to form part of the SEALIFE franchise - Merlin's No.1 global aquarium brand.
The new SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium visitor experience was greatly improved, taking visitors through 12 new zones of discovery; the zones include Croc Lair, Conservation Cove, Bay of Rays, Mangroves and Rock pools, Coral Caves, Shipwreck Explorer, Mermaid Garden, Ocean Discovery, Coral Atoll, Rainforest Adventure, Seahorse Pier and Penguin Playground. The major new feature is the Croc Lair exhibit, which houses a five-metre, 750kg saltwater crocodile, named Pinjarra.
Alasdair Macdonald Architects were engaged as the local architect to develop the concept design into working drawings, manage and co-ordinate consultants and documentation and assist the project manager with contract administration.
Works comprise alterations to all floors for new exhibits, including demolition of concrete slabs, partitions, finishes, theming, tanks and plant rooms for new crocodile tank, ray tank and smaller tanks containing various sealife, life support system plant rooms, store rooms, retail area and new theming for all areas.