A local company has been selected to design Bendigo’s station building as part of the Victorian Government’s $15.8 million Bendigo and Eaglehawk Station upgrade.
e+ Architecture, which has operated in Bendigo for more than 40 years, has been appointed to refresh the iconic station building.
Works will include redesigning the station waiting areas to make passengers more comfortable and a major upgrade of the toilet facilities, including new changing facilities with change table and hoists for improved access for people with disabilities.
Ticket counters will also be modified to make it easier for people with mobility aids to purchase a ticket.
Preserving the heritage value of the station is a high priority and the interior design will respect the historical character of the region.
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The appointment follows the recent opening of the new pedestrian bridge, which aims to make transferring between platforms and connecting with local busses and taxis easier.
Once the design work has been completed, a contractor will be appointed to carry out the works, which are expected to be completed in 2020.
“We’re making Bendigo station better for everyone as we improve and preserve this historic building – making it easier for visitors and locals to get where they need to go,” Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.
“These upgrades will ensure the busy Bendigo station provides a better, more comfortable experience.”
Upgrades to Eaglehawk station are underway, with construction beginning on a new 60-space car park to be completed this year. The station’s platforms have also been extended to allow for longer trains to stop at the station.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the improvements to the historic Bendigo station will serve its growing community for years to come.
“We want to encourage more people to catch the train – these works will make it easier and safer for passengers.”