The 2013 Dulux Colour Awards shortlist has been revealed, and RBA is among the fourteen finalists to have been selected in the category of ‘commercial exterior’. Winners are to be announced in March.

RBA is also an entrant for the AIA Victorian Architecture Award in the Heritage category.

The Maryborough Railway Station Conservation Works is the project entry for both awards. RBA has been involved with the conservation of Maryborough Railway Station for over ten years, and the project previously won the Australian Property Institute heritage award in 2008.

Maryborough Railway Station is one of the most significant railway heritage assets in Australia and the conservation works have recaptured the former grandeur of the station. See below for before and after photographs.

Located in central Victoria, the Maryborough Railway Station is recognised as a place of National and State heritage significance.  The current station building was constructed in 1890/91 and replaced the first station at the site, built in 1874. The imposing scale of this building defined the end of an era for Victorian railway expansion, second only to Flinders Street Station in its architectural grandeur.

The building, of Flemish bond brick construction with cement rendered decorative elements in the Anglo-Dutch style, includes a full length (125m) platform verandah lit by a glass clad lantern roof supported by elaborate cast iron columns which act as downpipes.

In 2001, the Maryborough Railway Station Conservation works were initiated to address problems associated with long term maintenance neglect and inappropriate repair works. These problems threatened not only the cultural significance of the place but the resumption of passenger services (suspended between 1993 and 2010) and on-going patronage of its retail tenants. Extensive research and detailed forensic surveys were required to resolve complex modes of building fabric deterioration and develop innovative but sensitive remediation techniques.

A materials scientist, heritage structural engineer and glass and ceramics conservators were pivotal in resolving and implementing these works. A conscious effort was made to minimise the introduction of new building fabric and faithfully reconstruct original details in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter 1999 principles of conservation.

The ambition of the project has been to re-establish the building to its former 19th century goldfields opulence and to a position of respected prominence for both Maryborough and the Victorian Railway Network. The works have enabled the on-going use of a valuable asset and provided an opportunity to generate broader public support for further conservation of the Victorian Railway network.

See feature on the archi channel website.

Above: Maryborough Railway Station prior to conservation works
Above: Maryborough Railway Station after conservation works (Photograph: Peter Bennett)
Above: Platform prior to conservation works (Photograph: Peter Bennett)
Above: Platform after conservation works (Photograph: Peter Bennett)
27 February 2013

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