Multiplex complete restoration of Australia's oldest trades hall

Multiplex complete restoration of Australia's oldest trades hall
Multiplex complete restoration of Australia's oldest trades hall

Multiplex, a global construction company, has completed restoration and refurbishment works on Trades Hall & Literary Institute’s Trades Hall Living Heritage Project, funded by the State Government of Victoria.

The historic three level Trades Hall building in Victoria Street, Carlton. Victoria’s Trades Hall is Australia’s oldest and largest trades hall.

Multiplex complete restoration of Australia's oldest trades hall

It was constructed in 10 stages with the most significant occurring between 1876 to 1925 and is a prominent Carlton landmark that serves as a hub for union organisation.

The Trades Hall Living Heritage Project was led by architect and heritage consultant Lovell Chen, and focused on conservation works and refurbishment for the main public spaces in the 3,800 sqm heritage-listed building.

Works included the refurbishment to the New Council Chamber and building services upgrades. 

The also refurbishment included the specialist restoration of several of the main interiors, including the Old Council Chamber and the New and Old Ballrooms.

Multiplex complete restoration of Australia's oldest trades hall

The Old Council Chamber officially opened in 1884 and the original 1880's decorative scheme, including significant portraits and elaborate wall treatments, is the work of prominent decorators of the period, C.S. Paterson Brothers.

Works to the New Council Chamber included the recreation of the original footprint resulting in 300 seat auditorium with restored honor boards and murals that had been covered during previous renovations.

The project also saw the construction of modern amenities facilities and a new lift to improve access throughout the building and deliver access to all new areas.

Work commenced in April, 2018 and according to Multiplex 550 people worked on site during construction.

This was one of the first major building projects to benefit from the Government’s Living Heritage Grants Program.

Multiplex complete restoration of Australia's oldest trades hall

The grant funding financed the refurbishment project plus essential conservation and activation works such as roofing works and repairs to the Lygon Street portico.

Multiplex recently delivered the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) multi-million mixed-use commercial development, located at 535 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

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