Bendigo Tramways Depot Development: progress reports

Progress report one (November 2009)

The design development stage and contract documentation stage are underway for the whole consultant team. This includes architectural, structural and civil engineering, and service engineering (fire, mechanical, electrical and lighting, and hydraulic).

Tenders will sought in February, with building planned to begin in March.

Progress report two (March 2010)

The planning and building permits have been granted.

Preliminary preparations have begun on site. The works will then occur in staged sequences, followed by building works and landscaping.

Progress report three (July 2010)

Progress was delayed due to the scale of the project and the development and implementation of a complex tender process. The project is now due to be complete in September.

A contractor has been selected after analysis of the bids by quantity surveyors. Physical works will begin in mid-July.

Ongoing

Jobs Fund Heritage assisted the redevelopment of the Bendigo Tramways through supporting work for two main facilities: the tram shed, workshop, depot yard and amenities block complex; and the administration building containing the shop and visitor reception, its landscaping and future library/research office. These works are now complete.

Work on the Bendigo Tramways Depot is ongoing with additional support from The Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development). This entire project is scheduled for completion in November 2011 and will reopen to the public at that time.

On completion of the entire project, the depot will offer new visitor and staff amenities, an expanded and improved workshop, increased trades training opportunities through programs with Bendigo training institutions, a library and research facility supporting the workshops, and workshop tours. Bendigo's collection of 42 historic trams, built between 1890 and 1975, will have better storage facilities and also be better displayed for visitors. The project will have made conservation, worksite safety, aesthetic and functional improvements to Australia's, and one of the world's, oldest working tram depots and one of the few staffed workshops - as opposed to volunteer-based museums - around the world that specialises in heritage rail restoration.