Revitalisation of a
100 year old building

Case Study

Flinders St Station Administration Building Exterior

Built was contracted by the Victorian Government to refurbish Flinders St Station’s historic Administration Building. More than than 100-years old, Built completed restoration works to conserve its rich heritage elements, preserving the building for future generations.

The works involved the restoration and maintenance of the existing administration building to ensure its structural stability and repair the ageing façade, allowing for future stages and full redevelopment of the station.

The scope of works included resealing the roof, making the building watertight, repairing the parapets, and stabilising and restoring the iconic heritage clock tower. Upon completion the entire façade was repainted the original early 1900’s colour scheme.

Built worked extensively with Heritage Victoria and its associated consultants, collaboratively transforming the iconic building and restoring it to its former glory.

Value: $58m

Client: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Major Projects Victoria

Architect: Lovell Chen

Completion date: July 2018

“For the first time in a century we got up to the clock tower to restore and repair the historic clock – protecting it for the future.”
“Flinders Street is the heart of our train system and the heart of our city – we’re restoring it and making it more accessible, safe and user friendly for passengers.”

Jacinta Allan, Minister for Major Projects

The New Way Forward

The New Way Forward

Digital Engineering to restore heritage

Built over 100 years ago in straight masonry the Flinders St Station clocktower didn’t comply with current earthquake codes and in event of earthquake or similar seismic event the clock tower could become unstable.

Many initial schemes and ideas to refurbish the clock tower, which was once the master clock for all of Melbourne, were virtually impossible over a live train station. Furthermore the only access to the clocktower is from within meaning any structural materials needed to be able to be taken up within the narrow confines of the tower. Built proceeded to point scan the whole tower and use the 3D model to design the structural modifications required and validate what could be achieved with the confines of the public heritage building.

Taking advantage of the digital environment Built were able to redesign and rethink the challenging restoration, safely completing works and ensuring a piece of Australian heritage remained secure for future generations.

Built also scanned and recorded the entire rectified façade allowing a full digital and validated model to be handed to the client for future refurbishment stages.

Safety in a live environment

The project also provided a number of opportunities for innovation, in particular with the design and construction of the scaffold.

The innovative nature of the cantilevered hanging scaffold solution allowed works to proceed safely above platform one, making it possible for the busiest platform in the Melbourne network to remain operational, with over 1,500 trains and 110,000 passengers safely passing below daily. The sheer size of the scaffold, at almost 300m in length, is a feat in innovation, engineering, planning and collaboration.


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