Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse on track
The Hepburn Springs Bath House redevelopment continues apace, the Minister for Major Projects Theo Theophanous said during a site visit today.
“Construction at the Bath House is on track and going well with the roof beams for the North wing currently being installed,” Mr Theophanous said.
“This is due in no small part to the dedication of the building contractor, Ballarat’s A.W. Nicholson, which has worked through rain and snow on this job.
“The Bathhouse redevelopment is a success story for the region with many local companies supplying their skills and products.
“For example, the metal connector plates at either end of the roof beams were a particular challenge. Because of the corrosive nature of the mineral water used in the Bath House normal or even stainless steel was not suitable.
“After an exhaustive search and consulting international experts, Ballarat foundry Grigsby’s provided a home-grown solution using a special alloy of bronze and aluminium.
“This was a great result from an innovative local where no other foundry in the country was willing or able to accomplish the delicate process.
“The $10.7 million Hepburn Mineral Springs Bath House redevelopment will play a strong part in the continued growth of tourism in the Daylesford and Macedon ranges area in Central Victoria.
“Recognised as one of regional Victoria’s most beloved tourist attractions with more than 250,000 visitors per year, the Bath House is the lynchpin of a local tourism sector supporting 2,200 jobs and worth more than $200 million annually.”
The redevelopment will increase the capacity of the 1896 Bath House complex which has been unable to accommodate recent increasing demand while maintaining the building’s iconic Edwardian heritage features.
The redeveloped Bath House will open for business in 2008.
Highlights of the redevelopment include:
refurbishment of the existing heritage building for relaxation, therapy and massage rooms;
construction of a new public pool and spa building;
a new access bridge to the reception area; and,
new state of the art change rooms, ‘wet areas’ and amenities. Members of the public will be able to see progress on the redevelopment at an open day on Saturday 6 October 2007 hosted by Hepburn Shire Council.