The 2013 winners of the Victorian Architecture Awards have been announced and we are pleased to share that RBA received a Heritage Architecture Award for our work at Marybourough Railway Station!

This year, fifteen entries were submitted in the Heritage Architecture category which is for a built conservation project or study developed in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.

Here is what the jury had to say:

In 1895 the extravagant new station was described by Mark Twain as ‘A railway station with a town attached.’  In 2001, when RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants began work, the station was at risk. The subsequent conservation and adaptation works over the last twelve years to the Maryborough Railway Station are exemplary. Guided by the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter and extensive original documentation, RBA completed a Conservation Management Plan and worked to address dilapidation. Forensic attention to detail and an impressive specialised team has ensured a future for the station which is of State heritage significance.  Roofscape restoration included the tower, cupolas, slates, cement orbs and chimneys and required both traditional techniques and innovative modern solutions. The original timber flag pole was repaired by an historic boat expert while the terracotta ridge capping was remade in Tasmania. The skim coat to the facade dressings was meticulously repaired and matched by RBA, without the ‘fools gold’ and oxblood components of the original. Extensive paint scrapes determined colour schemes and encaustic floor tiles were sourced from the UK.  Achieving building code compliance required considerable skill and teamwork. The delightful 120 metre platform verandah incorporates a continuous roof lantern. Nevertheless, subtle structural interventions and a reversible lamination process for original panes made the historic structure safe and inviting. Expert conservation has now given the town every reason to become very attached to its railway station.

01 July 2013

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