Working Heritage has now completed a major remediation and improvement project at the Former Royal Mint in central Melbourne. The project represents a $3 million investment by Working Heritage in the future of the site and its cultural heritage significance.
Works included excavating along the inside of the brick perimeter wall, improving drainage and constructing a new internal retaining wall. The car park at the rear of the site was re-ashphalted, landscaped and a new urban park created on the northern side. Further conservation work to the brickwork of the perimeter wall will take place in 2019.
The project was carried out in response to evidence of the perimeter walls, which run along Latrobe Street and Little Lonsdale Street, gradually shifting over time. The impressive brick perimeter wall has stood since 1870 when it was built to provide security and retain the earth that forms the flat site in an area that slopes downhill towards Queen Street.
The Mint Car Park is now operating at normal capacity once more and is available to casual car park customers. The Mint Car Park funds a significant proporation of Working Heritage's projects at heritage places across Victoria.