Heritage permit sought for Queen Victoria Market renewal works

The City of Melbourne has achieved another milestone in the Queen Victoria Market precinct renewal project after lodging a heritage permit application to restore the historic sheds and undertake below ground works.

​Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC said Heritage Victoria’s consultation process on the proposed works to the Victorian Heritage listed Queen Victoria Market begins today.

“I am pleased to announce that we have applied to Heritage Victoria for a permit to dismantle, repair and reinstate the western sections of Sheds A to D and construct a below ground operational area to provide modern back-of-house facilities and parking,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We propose to repair and restore the eastern ends of Sheds A to D onsite with intended improvements to include roof insulation and essential services such as access to power, water and better lighting for traders.

“These improvements will allow the market to meet 21st century operational and safety standards, while retaining the traditional open air trading floor that traders, customers and visitors know and love.”

The Lord Mayor said the City of Melbourne has worked closely with experts including architects and heritage consultants Lovell Chen, architects Grimshaw and engineers Mott McDonald on the proposals.

“We have strived to develop plans that apply design principles which protect the market’s character and authenticity, while delivering modern infrastructure to ensure a better trader and customer experience and much needed sustainability measures,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We plan to repair, conserve and reinstate the current heritage fabric like-for-like where repair is not possible, leaving the open air sheds in a sound condition for the future.”

The plans include new glass lifts and stairs to transport customers and goods from the basement operation and parking area into the heart of the market. The design, including the materials for the lifts and stairs, draws on the traditional market palette and features natural timber, steel and glass.

“These new lifts and service areas are located in clusters to reduce the heritage impact and visual interruption within the sheds,” the Lord Mayor said. “The transparent lifts will integrate with the restored sheds and maintain the open market and laneway feel, allowing visitors to experience the theatre of daily market life.”

“Retaining the market’s heritage and ensuring it thrives for generations to come is at the heart of everything we do. That is why we applied for National Heritage Listing of the market, which is currently being assessed by the Australian Heritage Council.

“We will ensure that Queen Vic remains a fresh food, open air market and retains its unique atmosphere, heritage and affordability, while delivering much needed upgrades to safeguard its future.”

The City of Melbourne has also applied to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for planning approval for the infrastructure works which will be determined separately.

People can submit a comment or representation about the application within 14 days from today (Wednesday 11 October 2017). Visit https://www.heritage.vic.gov.au/permits/currently-advertised-permits to view the full application and for details on how to make a submission.

Public information sessions will be held at the Information Hub, Queen Victoria Market, 452 Queen Street Melbourne (opposite the car park) on Friday 13 October from 10am to 12pm and Saturday 14 October from 10am to 12pm.