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The $20m refurbishment by Lovell Chen will reopen the Royal Exhibition Building’s Dome Promenade, which has been closed to visitors for more than a century. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Sian Johnson, Lovell Chen to renew Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, Architectureau

Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants has been appointed for a $20 million refurbishment of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building – Australia’s first World Heritage Site.

The refurbished building will reopen its Dome Promenade and restore entry through the building’s basement. Visitor access to the Dome Promenade, which provides 360-degree views across Carlton Gardens and the city, has been blocked for more than a century.

Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants was chosen for the refurbishment project through a tender process, and the practice will work with Heritage Victoria and the federal government to meet conservation requirements throughout the design process. The federal government is funding the project.

“We look forward to opening a new multi-level Royal Exhibition Building experience in 2017 and expect it will become a very popular Melbourne tourist destination,” said Museum Victoria’s CEO Dr Patrick Greene.

“Expanded access and storytelling will enhance visitors’ exploration of the building’s rich history and significance locally, nationally and internationally, along with the rare opportunity to enjoy Melbourne’s oldest city outlook from the top of the dome.”

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