Gillam Group was appointed as the construction managed for the final phase of the Aga Khan Museum designed by award winning team of Fumhiko Maki in association with architects Moriyama and Teshima. The project includes fit-out of both front of house and back-of-house spaces including the following elements:

  • Permanent Gallery & Exhibition
  • Temporary Gallery & Exhibition
  • Bellerive Room – Ceramics Gallery
  • Spanish Ceiling Exhibit
  • Shahnameh Space Exhibit
  • Diwan – Museum Restaurant
  • Multimedia Pedestrian Tunnel
  • Library
  • Conservation Laboratories & Workrooms
  • Classroom / Learning Centre
  • Exterior Landscaping

The high-end finishes together with incorporation of historical artifacts and audio-visual technology was part of the Gillam assignment. In addition to the Aga Khan Museum, Gillam managed and directed all of the client-direct contractors in the final stages of the completion of the base contract to the seven-acre site and sacred Ismaili Centre.

Key challenges included the following:

  1. Performing open-book design-build work according to a very compressed “fast-track” schedule
  2. Converting European schematic designs to local construction documents and obtaining permits
  3. Engaging specialist trade contractors to assist with the design, particularly incorporating ancient and priceless artifacts
  4. Managing the budget throughout the process
  5. Performing construction works to extremely high levels of workmanship
  6. Incorporating changes into the works during a fast-track schedule
  7. Engaging a large stakeholder group