The Victorian Government is ramping up a $100 million project to restore Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station.
Scaffolding is being installed on Flinders Street at the western end of the Administration Building, to enable extensive restoration works.
These works will include repairs to the façade of the building and repainting it to its original 1910 colours.
The scaffolding will be constructed above the station awning, supported by ground-level towers running along the building’s northern façade.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allan, said, “Work to save and restore Flinders Street Station is ramping up, with work to repair and repaint the façade of this iconic building to start in just a matter of weeks.
“Flinders Street is the heart of our train system and the heart of our city – as soon as we came to government we said we’d fix it and we’re getting on with it.”
For the safety of the public and workers, a construction zone will be fenced off underneath the scaffolding, which will reach just over a metre from the building.
Shops along the Flinders Street side of the Administration Building will remain open throughout the works, and pedestrians will still be able to use the footpath, although it will be narrower than it is currently.
Scaffolding has already been installed on the Platform 1 side of the Administration Building to allow roof replacement, waterproofing and painting works to be carried out.
Works completed to date include the refurbishment of toilets on the main concourse and upgrades to lighting across all platforms.
Planning is well progressed to refurbish the Elizabeth Street subway toilets and build a new entrance to Platform 10 at the western end of the station. These works are expected to start in the next few months.
The scaffolding on both sides of the Administration Building will remain in place until 2018.