International Competition To Redesign Flinders Street Railway Station

International Competition To Redesign Flinders Street Railway Station

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

National Competition To Redevelop Flinders Street Railway Station

Victor P Taffa

A Baillieu Government will hold a national and international design competition to refurbish and upgrade the Flinders Street Railway Station, restoring it to a world-class facility and a centrepiece of the Melbourne CBD.

Leader of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Ted Baillieu said the competition, similar to those held for Federation Square and the Sydney Opera House, will be open to all designers and architects in Australia and internationally.

The best designs will be short-listed and made publicly available for widespread community comment and input.

The final design selection will be made by a representative committee including members from the National Trust, Heritage Victoria, Melbourne City Council, the Victorian Government and the Australian Institute of Architects, who will oversee the competition and design selection process.

A Prize Pool of $1,000,000 will be available and distributed according to the competition requirements of the Australian Institute of Architects. The successful design will be used to restore and refurbish the station to its former glory.

Designs will have to retain the heritage integrity of Flinders Street Station whilst also offering new and creative concepts to improve the station as a Victorian and international icon.

Mr. Baillieu said Flinders Street Station had once been a grand icon of Melbourne, but had sadly been allowed to deteriorate and become run down.

“Flinders Street Station has become a symbol of this government’s neglect and lack of infrastructure funding for transport.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“The western part of the building bordering Flinders Street to Elizabeth Street has been allowed to become tragically derelict and is now off limits to the public.”

“I want Victorians and future generations to be proud of their iconic buildings and design. Melbourne was once a great and grand city and our heritage is in danger of being neglected and lost.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“I want to see Victoria protect and nurture its heritage, and it is disappointing to see so many iconic and historical buildings in Victoria being neglected.”

“There has been too much talk and not enough action.” Mr. Baillieu said.

The design competition will be a unique opportunity not only for designers and architects but for the whole of Victoria to participate in a public competition and discussion about the future design of Flinders Street Station.