Hepburn Springs – Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

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Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa refurbishment sees the revitalisation of an iconic tourism and community asset.

Aside from a requirement to increase capacity, the bathhouse was in need of a complete makeover. Its inadequate facilities, outdated decor and noisy, overcrowded environment were not meeting expectations of a spa experience.

The redevelopment needed to consider the heritage elements, physical setting, architectural scale and character of the existing bathhouse complex. But initial costing came in significantly over budget.

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Basso Project Management were engaged by Regional Development Victoria (RDV) to carry out a feasibility study and peer review of the project when tenders cam in significantly over budget.

A feasibility study was undertaken including review of existing documentation. This included assessing the brief, establishing costs and meeting with different consultants to ascertain how the project came in so over budget and why. After extensive investigation and research and due to our feasibility report, the revised project was judged to be feasible and redevelopment went ahead.

The new building is open, airy and light with skylights and large windows. This serves the dual purpose of allowing potential patrons to see inside and provides open views of the creek and bush setting to increase the tranquillity of the spa experience

The internal design is sleek and contemporary throughout both the new wing and the heritage building, featuring neutral tones and natural materials to reflect the local landscape.

Basso Project Management provided Feasibility Study Services

“It’s been fantastic to see the project go ahead and the refurbished bathhouse become a major drawcard for tourism in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.” Elia Basso, Director, Basso Project Management

Client

  • Regional Development Victoria

Role

  • Feasibility Study Services

Challenges

  • Budgetary issues
  • Tight time frame