An icon, reimagined, in the heart of Rutherglen’s historic village, The Victoria Hotel is an all-occasion premise that balances heritage architecture with modern luxuries. Offering boutique accommodation, elevated dining, and curated events – it’s the perfect base for exploring the Rutherglen wine region and historic adjacent towns.

In breathing new life to this historic site, Habitat was engaged for preliminary planning advice and consultation, and preparation and process management for attainment of a planning permit for demolition and significant renovations to The Victoria Hotel, Rutherglen. Specifically, indicating the improvements are respecting of the building’s era – recognising its heritage context while also providing for a contemporary entertainment venue.

A separate permit application was then attained for alterations and additions to the building’s façade.

With an extensive list of works, not limited to demolition of attached and detached buildings, external walls and windows, and existing fencing; the internal alterations primarily centred on creating and enhancing communal spaces within the 186o’s establishment – dining and bar areas, carparking and accommodation for example.

In line with The Destination Game Changer 2023 Tourism Strategy and the way which Indigo Shire seeks to redefine tourism delivery in the Shire, the redevelopment of The Victoria Hotel will play an important role in improving and reinvigorating a heritage asset and will act as an important drawcard for the community. The enhancements to The Victoria will contribute to the longevity of the building whilst preserving its heritage significance and serving the community for many years to come.

Client: Kate and Matt Haplin
Collaborators: Porter Architects, Deborah Kemp, Indigo Shire Council
Disciplines: Town Planning
Location: Rutherglen, Victoria
Date: 2022
Imagery: Georgie James (By George Photo)

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