Alexandra Fountain restoration work recognised at Master Builders Awards

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Restoration work on Bendigo’s iconic Alexandra Fountain has been recognised at the recent Master Builders Association Awards with HBS Group P/L, the contractor who carried out the works, taking out the Best Specialist Contractor Award.

City of Greater Bendigo Presentation and Assets Director Debbie Wood said the $350,000 restoration of the fountain was a large task requiring in some cases, quite detailed restoration especially of the statues and ornate pieces.

“The project included restoration of the fountain’s cast balustrade and masonary, repairs, conservation and painting of the statues and render as well as significant plumbing and electrical upgrades,” Ms Wood said.

“The project included the use of specialized trades such as solid plasterers, stone masons, bricklayers, metal workers, plumbers, electricians, painters.

“The Alexandra Fountain is an important part of the city’s history and its future. Prior to last year’s restoration the last major work undertaken on the fountain was in 2010 so it was an important project which has given this local icon a new lease of life.

“The City of Greater Bendigo congratulates HBS Group for taking out this award for the restoration work they completed on the City’s most recognisable landmark.”

HBS Group is a specialist building services company who provide a full service in the preservation and conservation of all facets of historic buildings and infrastructure.  They have worked on some of the most important landmark buildings in Melbourne and Sydney and across regional Victoria and NSW.

About Alexandra Fountain

Alexandra Fountain was funded from the proceeds of the Bendigo Juvenile Industrial Exhibition (1879), a £500 gift from local mining magnate and philanthropist George Lansell and a further £700 from the former Sandhurst City Council (now City of Greater Bendigo).

It was designed by noted local architect William Vahland and was erected using local craftsmen. The fountain was named in honour of the Princess of Wales – Princess Alexandra and was officially opened on July 5, 1881 by her two sons the Prince George (who was later to become King George V) - and his brother Prince Albert. 

Other than the Exhibition Fountain, built in 1880 in the Melbourne's Carlton Gardens, Bendigo’s Alexandra Fountain is the largest and most ornate municipal fountain in Victoria.

The Alexandra Fountain is one of Bendigo’s best known and important landmarks.  It is protected by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Planning Scheme and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, the Register of the National Estate and is classified by the National Trust of Australia.

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