The Victorian Government has appointed a local company to re-design the iconic Bendigo Station building.
The refresh comes as part of the $15.8 million Bendigo and Eaglehawk Station upgrades.
“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,” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
Operating for more than 40 years in Bendigo, e+ Architecture, will deliver the new design of the station.
Previously the company has delivered a range of local projects including the award-winning Epsom Primary School redevelopment and restoring heritage buildings for the Bendigo Hospital Project.
The design works will include a re-design of the station waiting area to make it more comfortable for waiting passengers.
It will involve an upgrade of toilet facilities to accommodate mothers and babies and improve access for people with disabilities.
Ticket counters will also be modified to make it easier for people using mobility aids to purchase tickets.
e+ Architecture will take special care to preserve the heritage values of the building. The interior design will respect the historical character of the area.
The re-design comes on top of the recently opened pedestrian bridge, which makes it easier for passengers to transfer between platforms and connect with public transport.
The upgrades to Eaglehawk Station are currently underway. Works to extend the platform to allow longer trains to stop at the station are completed.
The construction of 60 new car park spaces and taxi drop-off areas are on track to be completed by the end of the year.
Once the design of Bendigo Station is finalised a contractor will be appointed and the upgrades are expected to finish in 2020.