Rork Projects was engaged to oversee the transformation of the old Powerhouse space along the Mildura riverfront into a new purpose-built venue. The project includes flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces, visitor interpretation and inspiration areas, an events kitchen, food and beverage offerings, a large outdoor shade structure, and completed landscaping. The project holds significant national importance for Rork due to the new build extension scope and its demonstrated ability to collaborate with a Government Department in delivering a major community asset.
Mildura Rural City Council received a substantial portion of its funding from the Victorian Government, which required stringent reporting. This involved conveying information to Sustainability Victoria regarding the construction of the recycled glass footpath that covered a substantial portion of the landscape area.
Both consultants and Rork were responsible for ensuring that the precinct would meet the design requirements of the MRCC. The MRCC would host large indoor and outdoor events in the refurbished Powerhouse Building and Boiler Room. Additionally, local businesses would have the opportunity to operate in the Events Kitchen and Food & Beverage Offerings area.
The most significant challenge was the location of Mildura Powerhouse, situated in one of the most isolated regional cities in Victoria. Consequently, the Melbourne and local site offices had to overcome significant communication barriers.
Concerning specific trade packages, the in-situ concrete seating posed a significant project cost due to the complexity of forming and the quantity of each seat. Furthermore, there was a shortage of skilled local labour to complete the job. The team mitigated these significant costs by procuring the seat moulds and having them fabricated in a manner that allowed them to meet all formation requirements while minimizing the number of moulds used. This approach also improved the quality outcomes, as the subcontractor was able to follow streamlined forming instructions.
The Rork Projects team displayed remarkable perseverance throughout the project, successfully navigating any setbacks that arose along the way. Their ability to collaborate closely with the client, consultants, and subcontractors allowed them to respond swiftly and effectively to challenges, ensuring the project’s successful completion. This collective effort not only transformed the Mildura Powerhouse into a remarkable new venue but also demonstrated Rork’s commitment to delivering major community assets.
As an Indigenous business, we proudly acknowledge that this project was completed on the traditional lands of the Ladji Ladji Tribes.