MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PERTH MINT
Press Release 06/16/2008
In a move that foreshadows the multi-million dollar redevelopment of The Perth Mint's retail and exhibition facilities, Gold Corporation – the Mint's operator – has appointed Acumen Design as exhibition design consultants.
One of Perth's leading tourism attractions and winner of 11 Tourism Awards since 2000, the 109-year old Perth Mint opened its doors to the public in 1992, and since then it has welcomed in excess of 1 million visitors.
Chief Executive Officer Ed Harbuz said that the time to update visitor facilities was well overdue. "The Perth Mint is an exciting experience for many visitors to the capital of Western Australia. However, the retail and exhibitions areas have changed little since the early 1990s and a radical overhaul is required to ensure it meets modern expectations of interactivity, entertainment and education, while paying heed to the Mint's heritage significance."
The Corporation called for tenders from exhibition design consultants Australia-wide, inviting them to submit creative proposals in response to the brief - "to make The Perth Mint a world-class tourism attraction and a must-do for all visitors to Perth, as well as local residents."
Acumen Design is at the forefront of interpretive design in Australia, creating experiences that take visitors on a journey of discovery and wonder. Notable projects undertaken by Acumen include the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Night Experience, the Waltzing Matilda Centre, The Australian Stockmen's Hall of Fame, The Koorie Heritage Centre, The Jewish Museum of Australia, The National Capital Centre, the ANZ Banking Museum and exhibits at The National Museum of Australia. Acumen Design Director Tim Hooper said, "The Perth Mint is a wonderful historical building and one of the world's great working mints. This is a golden opportunity to develop breakthrough interpretive experiences and design features that will really make locals and visitors to Perth sit up and take notice."
The Perth Mint redevelopment project, which is currently considering a variety of concepts, is projected to be delivered in phases between 2009 and 2011, and will be entirely self-funded.
For further information:
Alexandra Lucchesi, Public Relations Manager, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7475 Mobile 0423 85 33 99
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The Perth Mint
is a wonderful Mint. I have been there and it is well worth the visit even before the redevelopment. They were at one time a major producer of Australian circulation coin, not to mention gold sovereigns and half sovereigns. No Australian pre-decimal or decimal collection is complete without coins struck at the Perth Mint
during it's time as a Branch of the Royal Mint
, same as for Sydney and Melbourne Branches. Even after the Perth Mint
was handed over to the Western Australian State Government about 1970, it went on to produce circulating 2 cent coins between 1973 and 1983. When the Western Australian Mint became Goldcorp in 1988, it was developed as Australia's precious metals mint. It has only been since 2004, that the Mint has again struck non-precious metals coin for the collector market. Goldcorp (wholely owned by the WA Government) actually has two Mints in Perth, the original Perth Mint
in the heart of the city and a new facility way out near the international airport. The old Mint has the museum which houses some wonderful treasures of coins and bullion going back to the opening of the Mint in 1899. The Mint is a working mint and you can see them melt the gold down for the making of coin blanks, etc. The RAM imports all their blanks now. I would expect the Commonwealth Government controls what coin can be produced. They must approve all Australian legal tender coin designs for both Mints so Treasury would control what Mint has the contract to produce the circulating coin too. Currently that is the RAM in Canberra. But who knows what the future may bring.