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July 29, 2020

Hoffman Brickworks: Exclusive look at plans for Brunswick building

The developer of the historic Hoffman Brickworks site in Brunswick has unveiled their first plans for the site. See the exclusive images here.

The historic 157-year-old Hoffman Brickworks site is set to sparkle again after plans were lodged with Heritage Victoria for its revamp.

A seven-storey carbon-neutral building featuring 59 apartments will celebrate the history of the site by incorporating bricks and timber elements recycled from the existing building.

The $30m project is set to create 400 jobs for the building phase, and a further 30 jobs will be created once the eye-catching building is completed.

The plans, lodged with Heritage Victoria this month, also feature an interactive Hoffman Museum which will tell the story of the site and showcase machinery and other artefacts recovered from the old factory.

“We are proud of what we have achieved to date and seek to finish the work we started in 1996. Despite tough economic times due to COVID-19, we would like to actively get on with this piece of the puzzle and deliver a great outcome,’’ Glenvill chief executive Len Warson said.

“Importantly in these challenging times, we estimate that construction will create hundreds of much-needed jobs both on site and in local manufacturing.
“We are committed to producing a quality project outcome, which is a respectful contribution to the site, the heritage value and the community, using local designers, builder, subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers to deliver the project.’’

It comes after the Environment Protection Authority issued a compulsory removal notice to the owner of Hoffman Brickworks after it found its use as a former brick manufacturing operation had led to the soil being saturated with potentially dangerous hydrocarbons.
The abandoned factory saw its roof collapse on June 12 with Moreland Council issuing an emergency order the following day for works to make the building safe.

View article on the Herald Sun here.