2019 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Heritage

Flinders Street Station Facade Strengthening and Conservation by Lovell Chen.

Jury citation

At Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, Lovell Chen has undertaken a forensic process to repair water-damaged original fabric, increase structural and seismic stability, and introduce new structure and servicing into an iconic civic asset. Every millimetre of the extant fabric has been carefully assessed, and a rigorous program of restoration and retention implemented, with all works adhering to the Burra Charter and undertaken while the critical transport infrastructure remained fully operational. An immense task of painstaking assessment, preservation and restoration, this vital exterior work sets a quality precedent for the future adaptation of the building’s interiors.

Flinders Street Station is located in Melbourne, Victoria, and built on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.


Lovell Chen
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Peter Lovell (project director), Deirdre Heffernan (project leader), Suzanne Zahra (heritage architect)
Builder Built
Building surveyor Philip Chun
Compliance The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, UoM Commercial
Quantity surveyor Donald Cant Watts Corke
Services engineer Norman Disney and Young
Structural engineer Bonacci Group
Site details
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Heritage, Refurbishment
Project Details
Status Built
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