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Demolition underway of historic Brickworks building

Photo gallery of heavy equipment moving in to begin tearing down the Steam Engine House building

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

DEMOLITION works have begun on the historic Steam Engine House in the Hoffman Brickworks site.

The red brick building at the corner of Dawson Street and Brickworks Drive is one of the last remaining original structures on the site, which has been redeveloped into housing.

Heritage Victoria last month announced that it had reluctantly issued a permit to allow developers Sungrove Corporation Pty Ltd to knock down the brick building, citing soil contamination and the severe deterioration of its walls as reasons why it could not remain standing.

Residents and activists who have fought for years to preserve the site’s heritage have labelled the decision as “appalling”.

At this stage, no planning application has been lodged for what will replace the brick building.

Read more about the saga here.