Hospitality and retail to play a major role in rejuvenated goods shed

Hospitality and retail ventures are set to play a prominent part in the redeveloped goods shed at the Ballarat Station Precinct, with almost 50 per cent of the floorspace dedicated to independent stores. 

Current state: The goods shed in its current form.  It is soon set to be transformed into a convention centre and retail space.  Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

Current state: The goods shed in its current form. It is soon set to be transformed into a convention centre and retail space. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

Consortium Pellicano released the plans for the new convention centre earlier this week, which detail space for three retail and three hospitality ventures within the building. 

Artist's impression: Hospitality and retail ventures will make up almost 50 per cent of the floor space of the refurbished goods shed when completed.

Artist's impression: Hospitality and retail ventures will make up almost 50 per cent of the floor space of the refurbished goods shed when completed.

The plans come despite the fact nearby office space on the northern side of the Ballarat Station has sat vacant since July 2014 despite receiving a $250,000 makeover.  While the property’s zoning status lends itself to office use, it could potentially be altered for retail or hospitality purposes. 

Pellicano development manager Ian Kennedy said the construction group and the state government had always envisioned hospitality and retail playing a major role in the rejuvenated space.  

“Once we get closer to doing the fit-out we'll have to do a fair bit of marketing to secure tenants.”