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Federation Pub Designed For The Future: Pandazopoulos

Federation Square is to have a pub for the future with the announcement today by Major Projects and Tourism Minister, John Pandazopoulos, of the start of work for the leading edge venue at Melbourne’s newest city block. Well-known restaurateur, Paul Mathis, together with his partners, have secured the lease on the landmark pub, on the southwest corner of Federation Square, next to the Princes Bridge and the Yarra River. Mr Mathis is best known for his popular Blue Train Café at Southgate and Automatic at Crown. “We are delighted to have secured such a high calibre tenant for this prized venue and for what will be an integral part of Federation Square,” Mr Pandazopoulos said. “We believe it will become a new meeting place for people, offering spectacular views along the Yarra River, including east towards Melbourne Park and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and west towards Docklands and the Bolte Bridge,” he said. Work has now begun on the $4.5 million project with an expected opening date of next March.The building has been designed by Federation Square architects, Lab + Bates Smart, and will be largely constructed of glass, zinc and perforated aluminium. Federation Square CEO Peter Seamer said the venue was to be called “Transport”, symbolising the importance of the site as a city meeting place and transport interchange for Melbourne and Victoria, opposite Flinders Street station and the Yarra River. “Transport will provide a striking contrast to the historic and recently restored Young & Jackson’s hotel on the opposing corner, highlighting the change in Australia since federation,” Mr Seamer said. The building will comprise 1,745 square metres spread across three levels: Street level – bars, opening out onto the Plaza and the Yarra River frontage First level – restaurant Second level – function and meeting rooms including terrace balconies A large video screen (about 10 m x 8 m) will feature on the northeast façade, facing onto the civic Plaza which is under construction. The screen will broadcast major sporting and cultural events, local and international news and other forms of entertainment for large public gatherings. Mr Peter Seamer, said leasing of the other hospitality venues would be progressively announced throughout the year. Federation Square will also house The Ian Potter Centre – NGV: Australian Art (housing the world’s largest and finest collection of Australian art), the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (incorporating Cinemedia and SBS), a major Visitor Information Centre, various cafes and restaurants and grand civic spaces including the Atrium, a 400-seat Amphitheatre and the 10,000 square metre civic Plaza. A second Open Day at Federation Square is planned to coincide with Centenary of Federation activities in Melbourne later this year – Sunday May 13 (11am – 4pm). Media Contacts and further information: Stan Liacos Manager – Marketing + Events Federation Square Mobile: 0418 172 362