Update – August 2014 Parks Victoria has sought expressions of interest from experienced commercial builders with significant experience in heritage listed building repairs for the
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Mount Buffalo Chalet Redevelopment
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Update – August 2014
Parks Victoria has sought expressions of interest from experienced commercial builders with significant experience in heritage listed building repairs for the renovation of the historic Mount Buffalo Chalet. Contractors must also have the ability to undertake extensive heritage repairs, room refurbishments and services upgrades at the remote location.
The successful head contractor will undertake the major redevelopment works throughout 2015 which will allow the Chalet to reopen in 2016. Once complete the Chalet will return to its rightful place as a major day visitor attraction for the region and Victoria.
The much loved alpine icon building will benefit from the major renewal with construction works due to start early in 2015.
Parks Victoria’s Mount Buffalo Chalet Project Team is hard at work preparing the much loved old building for a major facelift and redevelopment. The redevelopment project is anticipated to go to tender in Spring this year. Renovation plans will improve access to the Chalet with a new visitor entrance and portico on the north side of the building and a larger car park and bus bay area to accommodate sightseers (artists impression shown above).
In the future, visitors to the Chalet will also be able to enjoy a new terraced café and tourist information area. The café will open up new viewing areas with a decked terrace on the south side of the building offering panoramic views out across the Gorge. The project will include demolition of some outbuildings and more recent additions which will make way for new landscaped gardens and walking trails behind the building. Other works will include extensive heritage repairs, room refurbishments and services upgrades.
A project team of architects and project managers has been appointed to deliver the Mount Buffalo Chalet civil works. Project managers, Accuraco and MGS Architects have been working on the project since May to prepare the project for tender.
Parks Victoria is currently working to deliver the Victorian Government’s plan to redevelop the Mount Buffalo Chalet as a premier day facility.
The Victorian State Government will invest $7.5 million to:
- Restore, conserve and refurbish the original front part of the chalet including the grand dining room and the lounges. This section includes 28 guest rooms available for future private investment opportunities.
- Install new essential services, power, sewerage, and water supply.
- Demolish rear wings and outbuildings that are in poor condition. The front section, rear “art deco” garages and stables will remain.
- Record and interpret the cultural heritage.
- Landscape the surrounds.
- Open a new refurbished café and visitor centre.
The Chalet is expected to be re-opened as a day visitor facility in early 2016.
With Heritage Victoria's approval, work will be carried out in accordance with detailed conservation plans and overseen by heritage architects.
The Chalet has a large heritage collection – over 800 records and 2500 items. Some of these will be stored securely at Mount Buffalo. The more delicate and moveable items such as historic photographs or documents will be moved to archive quality storage and returned to the Chalet when work is completed. A large group of items will be used to refurnish and maintain the building.
Parks Victoria has undertaken a careful cataloguing and assessment process to ensure we meet our obligations to protect the Chalet’s heritage.
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