Development status

The current status of the proposed development of the last untouched heritage buildings on the site – the Brick Press Shed and Engine House

Brick Press Shed (2002)

Order to make-safe issued by Moreland Council
October 2020 – March 2021

On 22 October 2020, Moreland Council issued an Emergency Order for make-safe works including partial demolition works for the former Brick Pressing Shed. These works were required to commence 7 December 2020.

On 11 December 2020, the owner of the Hoffman Brickworks site lodged an appeal with the Buildings Appeals Board (BAB) challenging the Emergency Order issued by the Municipal Building Surveyor. The owner is challenging the order to ‘partially demolish’ the building, and wishes to completely demolish the building.

On 20 January 2021 a Building Appeals Board hearing took place. As at March 2021, an outcome of the hearing is yet to be announced.

Demolition threat – permit application to demolish, 2020
October 2020 – March 2021

A new permit application was lodged with Heritage Victoria for the complete demolition of the Brick Pressing Shed and the Steam Engine House in October 2020.

Permit application P31711 for a permit to demolish the brick pressing shed (B5) and former steam engine house (B6) and construct a seven storey replacement building with rooftop garden.

As at 24 March 2021, Heritage Victoria are yet to make a decision regarding the permit application lodged by the developer in October 2020.

More information

Full details and documents regarding the October 2020 application to demolish

Submissions made to Heritage Victoria regarding the October 2020 permit application

The roof of the Brick Press Shed where it was damaged by fire in 2018. Heritage Victoria required that the roof be re-instated to protect the building and equipment from the elements. To date, the roof has not been repaired. 
A north and west section of the Brick Press Shed was demolished to make way for the Gatehouse apartment building. The majority of the northern wall was not closed or protected from the elements in any way and remains open today. 
The Brick Press Shed and brick-making equipment have been subject to vandalism, which suggests that the site is not adequately secured. Photo from October 2020.