An Expression of Interest for a Design Consultant team has been released for the $83 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced.

The Victorian Government is providing $55.4 million for the project, which is to be staged over five years. The project includes the restoration of Queen’s Hall, reopening the Library’s Russell Street entrance, an e-Town Hall that will connect regional public libraries, and new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship and exhibitions. Construction is due to begin in 2017.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) seeks a consultant team with experience in projects of a similar scale and complexity and a demonstrated track record of design excellence across all stages of a project.

An understanding of world’s best practice in the refurbishment of significant heritage buildings, and the latest innovations in library facilities and major cultural institutions, will also be critical.

The design team will be chosen through a two-stage process. The EOI will close at 2pm on 10 November, 2015.

This will be followed by a Request for Tender, expected to be released to shortlisted registrants in mid-January 2016. The selected design team will be announced in mid-March 2016.

The EOI can be found at the VicTenders website.