South Melbourne Town Hall restoration

South Melbourne Town Hall is temporarily closed to the public as part Council’s renewal project for this site. We'll share updates about the building's restoration and reopening on this page.
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Location

208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne

Cost

To be confirmed

Why are we doing this?

South Melbourne Town Hall is a 140-year-old building, that shapes the character of Emerald Hill, helps tell the story of the City’s history, and provides a focal point for community gatherings and events.

The building is in fair condition overall but due for major restoration and renewal. It requires some repair, due to a collapse of part of the ceiling in 2018 that triggered the fire system, causing water damage.

We are currently planning these restoration works as well as the scheduled routine maintenance and life cycle replacement works that will follow.

The impact

Since June 2020, South Melbourne Town Hall has been temporarily closed to the public as part Council’s renewal project for this site.

We will reassess the closure when the current structural investigation is completed, expected to be September 2020.

We appreciate the inconvenience this closure might cause and thank you for your patience.

While the building is closed and the investigation is underway, access is being granted on an as-needs basis. Please call ASSIST on 03 9209 6777 with any access enquiries.

We'll share updates about the town hall restoration and reopening on this page.

We will work closely with heritage experts and Heritage Victoria to ensure that the work complies with all heritage requirements and is respectful to the building’s architecture and heritage features.

Objectives

Working on heritage buildings can bring many challenges. It’s important that we understand the extent and impacts of these early on, and find solutions to resolve them.

We are currently forming a deep understanding of the building's condition and challenges and creating a strategy to prioritise and safely and effectively manage the works.

We are working hard to:

  • ensure that contemporary compliance and performance standards can be met
  • cost the works
  • form a long-term asset management plan.

Reports

Please find a list of recent inspection reports and documents about South Melbourne Town Hall building and the restoration project below.

If you'd like to find out more or to see historical records, please contact the Asset Management team by calling ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.