The Ipswich Railway Workshops Museum was opened to the public in September 2002 as a new campus of the Queensland Museum
The project involved the conversion of a number of the existing heritage-listed workshop buildings into a railway museum, focusing on the development and use of railway technology by Queensland Rail over the past century. Stage 1 of the project involved restoration of the Staff Canteen and reinstatement and restoration of the facade and forecourt to the old Powerhouse. Stage 2 involved creation of the Museum, new Entry Plaza and external works and provision of new accommodation for the Railway Historical Centre, the curatorial arm of the Museum. Queensland Rail continues to maintain staff on the site for the operation of its heritage fleet and its ongoing programme for restoration of historic rolling stock. Members of the public, previously barred from the site for 100 years, can now visit the Museum, dine at the Canteen and tour operational areas.
The design work involved identifying economical ways of accommodating new use into the century old buildings and creating a place for Queenslanders to appreciate and enjoy their railway heritage. Significant restoration work was carried out on the existing buildings to prolong their life and provide a suitable environment for the Museum. Bligh Voller Nield worked closely with Desmond Freeman Associates on the design of the Museum fitout and displays, and Buchanan Architects on the restoration.
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