In 1899, Fawcett and Ashworth won the international architectural design competition for a new train station beside Princes Bridge on Flinders Street. This week, 114 years on, the six shortlisted designs in the international design competition to rejuvenate Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station were unveiled. The competition, which was launched in November 2011, initially attracted 118 submissions.

RBA worked closely with the shortlisted John Wardle Architects and Grimshaw team as well as Room 11 and SKM. RBA provided heritage design advice and guidance throughout the rigorous competition process with a view to respecting the historical, social and architectural values of the State listed heritage place. Key heritage initiatives included the restoration of long neglected spaces for public use including the ballroom, gymnasium and dome room. The result – the precinct has been reimagined and one of Melbourne’s most loved and historic buildings has been cast in the leading role in a new ‘Transport Theatre’.

Have your say, vote now!!
The public are being given the opportunity to give feedback on the six shortlisted designs through the People’s Choice Award. Voters are able to rate each of the designs in four categories: Overall Design Merit, Transport Function, Cultural Heritage and Iconic Status, Urban Design and Precinct Integration.

Voting closes 5 August 2013, and winners will be announced 8 August.

26 July 2013

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The 2023 Awards ceremony for the Victorian Australian Institute of Architects was held on Friday the 16th June.

Several representatives from RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants attended the event, where we were proud to receive an Award for Heritage Conservation for the Prahran Arcade Façade Conservation and a Commendation for Heritage – Conservation for the restoration of Doherty House in Tarneit.

Additionally, we were pleased to see Searle x Waldron receive an Award for Architecture for the Joyce Chapel Bridge and Wardle receive The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for the Bendigo Law Courts – both projects that RBA have been involved in.

Learn more about the Prahran Arcade Facade Conservation here

Learn more about the Doherty House Restoration here

Doherty House, Tarneit (Image: Thurston Empson)

Bendigo Law Courts, Wardle (Image: Tim Griffith)

Prahran Arcade (Image: Thurston Empson)

Joyce Chapel Bridge, Searle x Waldron (Image: Peter Bennetts)


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