We are proud to announce that the Maryborough Railway Station conservation project has been recognised internationally, earning an award of merit at the prestigious UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation!

Established in 2000, the Awards recognise excellent achievement in the conservation or restoration of heritage buildings and properties in the region, and set technical and social benchmarks for cultural heritage conservation. This year’s awards programme attracted 47 entries from 16 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, spanning from the Cook Islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean to the Islamic republic of Iran at the far end of West Asia.

The judging panel of international conservation experts, made the following comments:

The conservation of Maryborough Railway Station has breathed new life to a fine and rare example of a Victorian-era station built in the Anglo-Dutch style. The distinctive red brick-building had suffered from long-term neglect and earlier inappropriate repair works that masked its cultural value and detracted from its operational function. Through meticulous research and conservation interventions, the character and values of the place have been retained and the continuing function of the station has been enhanced. Undertaken as part of a broader urban revitalization scheme, the project has also uplifted the local community. Vic Track’s decision to conserve the station is exemplary as a model to encourage further conservation of Australia’s railway and industrial heritage.

Earlier this year, the Maryborough Railway Station project was also awarded the 2013 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Victoria Award for Heritage Architecture, and was a finalist in the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards.

Above: Director of RBA Architects, Roger Beeston, received the award at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok earlier this month. From left to right: Mr Tim Curtis (Chief of Culture, UNESCO Bangkok), Senator Trungjai Buranasomphob (Committee on Religions, Moral, Ethics, Arts and Culture), Roger Beeston, HE Mr James Wise (Australian Ambassador to Thailand), and Dr Phra Wisutthiphattharathada (Vice-Rector for Administration, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University)

Click HERE for further Information on the UNESCO Awards
Click HERE for further information on Maryborough Railway Station

17 October 2013

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