Historic makeover for QEO grandstand

THE historic grandstand at the Queen Elizabeth Oval has undergone a $386,000 revamp. 

City of Greater Bendigo building and property manager Andy Walker said while the building had been structurally sound, it needed an external refurbishment. 

“It was predominantly about protection works from the top right down to the bottom ensuring the building is protected from the elements for the next 15 to 20 years,” he said. 

“The painting was starting to deteriorate, some timbers were starting to decay and rot, the grandstand seating needed to be replaced in some sections and repaired, and the historic time keeper’s box and broadcaster’s box needed some safety work. 

“The feedback from the users was really positive and it’s ensured we’ve protected this great heritage asset.” 

Mr Walker said most of the damage was caused by wear and tear. “We didn’t have that much graffiti or vandalism,” he said. 

“There are ongoing discussions with current users about future works on QEO with spectator shelters and seating, and that’s part of a package of works over the next two to five years.” 

Gutters and down pipes were also replaced in the works and electrical and IT infrastructure upgraded. 

“The heritage aspect did make it tricky,” Mr Walker said. 

“We were pleased Gerard K House was chosen as the contractor, he’s had experience with heritage buildings. 

“It did require some specialised trades, especially with things like matching existing profiles and timber.” 

The 111-year-old building received an exemption from Heritage Victoria for the works.

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