The team behind 20 Martin Place, Sydney have been awarded the construction contract for the restoration of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, work on which is expected to begin soon.

The $100 million restoration project was announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in February 2015, after scrapping the previous plans to redevelop the station following an international design competition which was won by a team comprising Australia’s Hassell and Switzerland’s Herzog & de Meuron.

According to Major Projects Victoria, heritage architects Lovell Chen will be advising on the project which will be carried out by Built.

The scope of the refurbishment includes repainting, facade restoration, fixing the leaky roof, extending the concourse along Swanston Street, creating new entrances on Elizabeth Street and the Degraves subway, and upgrading the main entrance to ease the commuter rush in and out of the station.

Premier Andrews added that the Flinders Street Station will be made more functional for the thousands of passengers using it every day. The restoration works are expected to be completed in 2018.

Image: Visualisation of the Flinders Street Station upgrade. Courtesy Major Projects Victoria