Victorian Government selected the local e+ Architecture company to design the refresh of Bendigo’s iconic station building as part of the a AUD 15.8 million (USD 11 million) Bendigo and Eaglehawk Station upgrades. Once the design has been finalised, a contractor will be appointed to carry out the works on the Bendigo Station building, which will 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. These upgrades will ensure the busy Bendigo Station provides a better, more comfortable experience,” Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said.
As part of the works, the station waiting area will be redesigned with new seating, making the station more comfortable for passengers waiting to catch the train. Toilet facilities at the station will undergo a major upgrade, including a new changing places facility with a full-sized change table and hoists to improve access for people with disabilities.
Ticket counters will also be modified, making it easier for people using mobility aids to purchase a ticket.
Special care will be taken to preserve the heritage values of the station building, and the interior design will respect the historical character of the area.
This comes on top of the recently opened new pedestrian bridge, which makes it easier for all passengers to transfer between platforms and connect with local buses and taxis.
Upgrades to Eaglehawk Station are currently underway, with works to extend the platform allowing longer trains to stop at the station completed, and construction on a new 60-space car park with taxi and drop off areas to be completed by the end of the year.