Expressions of Interest are sought from companies or individuals to purchase the former Bendigo Early Learning Centre building.
Designed by Eggleston, MacDonald and Secomb, the unique, triangular-shaped building designed in 1957 is an example of the acclaimed ‘Melbourne School’ of architectural design. The former early learning centre building was Bendigo’s first purpose-built kindergarten and originally located over the Bendigo Creek, before being relocated in sections in 1995. Design highlights of the building include an expressed steel portal frame and an internal triangular-shaped light box.
According to City Building and Property Manager, Andy Walker, the Expression of Interest specifically requires the building to be adapted for re-use. The new owner will retain the use of the main structure and the majority of the original exterior materials, which highlight the easing of wartime restrictions on building supplies and have been used to create an eye-catching design.
Walker explains that the aim of the Expression of Interest process is to ensure its long-term preservation through a major renovation, or by turning it into a restaurant or art gallery.
All costs associated with removing and relocating the building must be met by the successful purchaser.
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