Hepburn Springs Bathhouse

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The Hepburn Springs Bathhouse redevelopment maintained the building's Edwardian heritage features while increasing capacity to accommodate for a growing demand.

The Victorian Government, in partnership with Hepburn Shire Council, recognised the need to invest in the redevelopment of the bathhouse to ensure its sustainability and to capitalise on the tourism opportunities presented by the rise of the spa industry.

Works commenced in October 2006 and the redevelopment had to consider the heritage elements, physical setting, architectural scale and character of the existing bathhouse complex.

Major Projects Victoria managed the construction project, working closely with Cox Architects and construction contractor A.W. Nicholson.

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Features of the revitalised bathhouse

  • More than 30 wet and dry treatment rooms, making it one of the largest day spas in Australia
  • High quality wet and dry treatment rooms, private change rooms, the individual mineral bath rooms, a relaxation room and office facilities
  • New bathing wing incorporating a mineral water bathing pool, a salt pool, a steam room, two interconnected spa pools, a relaxation deck and a unisex change room

The new building is open, airy and light with skylights and large windows. This serves the dual purpose of allowing potential patrons to see inside and provides open views of the creek and bush setting to increase the tranquillity of the spa experience. The creek has been revitalised with clearing of the creek bed, new rocks and planting of indigenous vegetation.

The internal design is sleek and contemporary throughout both the new wing and the heritage building, featuring neutral tones and natural materials such as timber to reflect the local landscape.

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Awards

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  • The 2009 Australian Institute of Architects’ (Victorian chapter) Public Architecture Award (Alterations and Additions category) as well as a Regional award
  • The 2009 Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards Regional Builder of the Year was awarded to A.W Nicholson for their work on the bathhouse. The state award followed a win at the regional awards in the Best Commercial/Industrial Project (over $3 million)