Restoration works proposed for Newcastle Station
9 June 2017
Revitalising Newcastle is another step closer to delivering on its promises to the community, through the lodgement this week of a Development Application (DA) for stage one restoration and maintenance works of Newcastle Station.
Revitalising Newcastle Program Director Michael Cassel said the works, when approved, would bring the station back to life and deliver a great heritage outcome for Newcastle and the region.
“The community has told us it wants this restoration work done. We have listened to this feedback and are carrying out works that will permit the best opportunity for temporary uses,” Mr Cassel said.
“The proposal covers a range of restoration works to enhance the station, return some of its amazing heritage features and preserve its character now and into the future.
“The works include heritage repair, reinstating original building features and opening up ground floor areas, as well as re-opening the station to Scott Street, as it was in the past.
“We will also be filling in the area between the platforms to create a large, usable outdoor public space, carrying out rust protection, bird-proofing as well as cleaning and fixing damaged renders, doors and windows,” Mr Cassel said.
The works will pave the way for temporary activation of the site until permanent future uses are determined next year.
“Our recent community engagement revealed that people remain passionate about the heritage of the former Newcastle Station and want to see the buildings repurposed - a view we share.”
The restoration works are not impacted by the outcome of the planning proposal for the repurposing of the corridor land, which is currently with Newcastle City Council to progress.
The station site is earmarked as ‘tourism’ through the planning proposal, which would allow a variety of recreation and tourist uses to ensure the site becomes a hallmark destination befit of its prominence and heritage value.
“We want to ensure this valuable and much-loved city asset does not sit unused any longer. The last thing anyone wants is to see this beautiful building sit and rot.
“We are going to breathe new life into the station precinct to ensure the community can enjoy these historic buildings for years to come,” Mr Cassel said.
Temporary activation is expected to commence later this year, subject to DA approval.
An Expressions of Interest process in 2018 will identify future uses for the entire precinct on a long-term basis.