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Gold rush era buildings get facelift at Bendigo TAFE


Architect Jayden Peacock understands the value of a TAFE education.

As someone who was raised in Bendigo and went through Bendigo TAFE before going on to study architecture, Peacock recognises the importance of the TAFE education system can’t be underestimated.

The Bendigo campus includes a number of heritage-listed buildings dating back to Victoria’s gold rush.Credit:Trevor Mein

An associate with Architectus who has just completed a couple of new buildings on the campus and has returned to live here, he is continually reminded of what architecture can achieve -with the Bendigo City Campus Revitalisation Project (BCCRP) by Architectus in association with Six Degrees Architects, SBLA Landscape Architects and heritage consultant architect Helen Lardner, awarded the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design from the Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter).

While the Bendigo campus includes a number of heritage-listed buildings dating back to Victoria’s gold rush when there was a dedicated building given over to the ‘old school of mines’ (conceived to reduce miners from being injured), there were a number from later decades that were under-utilised and others, barely at all.

A couple of buildings from the 1950s, were virtually empty.


So, the brief given to Architectus from its client, the Bendigo Kangan Institute, was to come up with a scheme that would not only align with current teaching requirements, primarily for those studying hair and beauty, but create additional administration and learning areas.

“There was initially the suggestion to amalgamate the outdoor areas but it was apparent from the outset that the most used and loved outdoor spaces were the smaller courtyards threaded through the campus,” says Peacock, who worked closely with architect Ruth Wilson, Principal of Architectus and her team.

Taking its cue from the two adjacent red brick three-level heritage buildings, designed by architects WC Vahland and Getschmann, the two new buildings are a combination of glass, steel and concrete, with fixed ochre fins or screens creating a similar rhythm to the neighbouring buildings’ fenestration.

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