A LONG-DORMANT Mitchell Street building in Bendigo has become a hive of activity as construction hits full steam.
Bendigo's Gerard K House are lead builders on the ground floor of the old Morley's Emporium building, where The Studio, previously known as the Bendigo Creative Industries Hub, are new tenants.
The space is being turned into a hub for the region's creatives to gather and work together.
The Studio manager David Hughes said it would boost the surrounding section of the city centre.
"This has been empty for three years now... one of the really exciting things about being in this space is that it's an opportunity to activate this part of Mitchell Street again," he said.
"It's one of the main drags through Bendigo so the opportunity to put in something really creative and inspiring here is great."
Builder Gerard House said crews were motoring to fit into a tight time-frame and were so far on track.
He said it was a pleasure to be part of the project but there was one part was painful: getting deliveries of wood and other materials at the site, which overlooks a busy road and bus stop.
"But many hands make light work. When deliveries come you just have to march them in and that's it," Mr House said.
Designing the building had been a different and exciting process, e+ architecture director Lucas Hodgens said. "We are designing for creative people and being part of that industry ourselves it's been quite refreshing," he said.
"At the end of the day this is an open plan work space. But the key to this is it's supporting people who will eventually occupy this space.
"It's been about providing that flexibility for spaces. One thing we are very conscious of is that creative thinkers don't necessarily do their best work sitting behind a desk."
The main idea was to create spaces artists, designers and others could come together in and share ideas - one of the key challenges for many working alone at home, Mr Hodgens said.
The building is currently expected to be completed by Easter.