The former Bairnsdale Pumping Station, located on the beautiful Mitchell River to the west of the township of Bairnsdale in the vibrant East Gippsland region, represents an outstanding opportunity to purchase a ‘Grand Designs’ scale renovation / restoration project that encompasses three historically significant original c. 1888 structures – Lot 1.- ‘The Underground Tank’ (a 380,000 litre in-ground water reservoir), Lot 2. – The relocated corrugated iron ‘Pumphouse’ and Lot 3. – ‘The Engine Driver’s Cottage’, as well as later additions – also located on Lot 1. – c.1906 – ‘The Concrete Tank’ (a 1.3 million litre above-ground concrete tank) and Lot 4. – c.1930 – ‘The Upper Pump House’ plus c.1950 – ‘The Workshop’.
All four lots of this heritage listed site, located only 50 metres from the river, have stunning architect designed endorsed plans and permits in place, removing all the hard work and a good deal of time from the process, allowing for almost immediate construction. This holding is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve a significant part of Victoria’s history.
The land sizes for each lot are – Lot 1.- 1032m2., Lot 2.- 581m2., Lot 3.- 783m2., Lot 4.- 715m2., equalling a total land area of – 3,111m2 for the entire complex.
The Bairnsdale Pumping Station is of historical and scientific significance to the State of Victoria as the most intact example of an early municipal pumping station and the only site in Australia with all it’s buildings set as a cluster. Prominent architect and civil engineer John Harry Grainger submitted the successful design in 1886 and the initial works were completed in 1888.
The rectangular in-ground water tank has brick walls above ground, mass concrete walls below and is covered by a gabled corrugated iron roof. In the same year the Lower Pump House next to the river was erected and has a circular base of reinforced concrete with a timber framed 16 sided super-structure which is clad on the walls and roof with corrugated iron, the roof is lined with Oregon boards. An upgrade to the station in 1906 included the installation of a cylindrical concrete tank designed by Sir John Monash’s Reinforced Concrete and Monier Pipe Construction Company. The 1906 tank is significant as being the earliest known Monier-type reinforced concrete water tank in Victoria.
The township of Bairnsdale is located at the junction of the Great Alpine Road and the Princess Highway and provides easy access to the alpine villages of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham, as well as being at the gateway to the Gippsland Lakes. Bairnsdale is also the main commercial centre for the local wool, dairy and timber industries within the East Gippsland region.
Bairnsdale enjoys a variety activities and interests including wineries, a brewery, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and markets, all located within a short drive of the town – during the summer months you can even pick your own fruit at the orchards and berry farms on your your doorstep!
The Bairnsdale Pumping Station Complex is for sale as a complete parcel or as individual Lots. Utilise the planning permission already in place or re-imagine your own ‘Grand Design’ for this truly unique site … the possibilities are endless.
For further information or to arrange an inspection of this outstanding and historically significant opportunity, please contact Sue Gratton on 0407 599 559 or email -sue#circaheritageandlifestyle.com.au.