HERITAGE Victoria has given permission for historic Bendigo TAFE buildings to be refurbished during a multi-million redevelopment.
The works will also include a new rear addition to the former technical school.
That building and school of mines need to be refurbished for modern use, Bendigo TAFE former chief executive Phillip Murphy said in June when concept plans were released.
"That is important. It is a link to the past," he said.
"Bendigo is a great city with fine buildings right throughout it, the old School of Mines (is one) of those and we need to maintain them.
"But we need to refurbish them in the background and make it modern."
Heritage Victoria has also given its approval for a modern building to be linked to the former senior chemistry laboratory and assaying room, which date back to the 1890s.
The $59.9 million project will also include practical spaces for more hands-on learning, collaborative environments for work between industry and students and social environments to encourage more support networks.
Several more modern-era buildings will be demolished or modified, with new bicycle store and waste station, a substation kiosk and landscaping getting Heritage Victoria approval.
The development is still to be approved by the City of Greater Bendigo.
The council's planning department is preparing its report on the project.
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