VICTORIAN Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine last week announced the members of the Flinders Street Station Design Competition jury and the opening of registrations for the international design competition.
The jury, to be chaired by Victorian Government Architect Geoffrey London, will include urban planners Rob Adams and Caroline Bos, architect Cassandra Fahey, heritage expert Peter Lovell, transport expert Gillian Miles, lawyer John Curtis and chef George Calombaris.
Mr Napthine said he was delighted with the depth and range of qualifications and experience on the jury and expressed confidence they will select a winning design that "will preserve what we already love about Flinders Street Station and further realise the site's unique potential."
"We have worked hard to get the right mix of jurors to cover off the key objectives of the competition: preserving the station's heritage features; improving its transport function; integrating the station with its surrounds; and developing its underutilised areas," Dr Napthine said.
Registrations for the competition are now open and close on August 1, with applicants able to submit their initial designs from August 9 until September 20.
Mr Napthine said for the first stage of the competition, broad, conceptual designs were being requested. These will then be evaluated by the jury who will meet in October.
"The jury will evaluate all entries to choose the best ideas to upgrade, restore and re-invigorate this iconic building and fully explore the opportunities the whole precinct presents," the Minister said.
Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to develop their ideas in detail with final submissions due midway through 2013.
Dr Napthine said the Victorian public would also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the final shortlisted designs, in the form of a 'People's Choice Award' vote.
The winning design, place-getters and people's choice award will be announced later in 2013.
The $1 million design competition to revitalise Melbourne's Flinders Street Station was announced by the Victorian Government late last year.
At the time, Premier Ted Baillieu said the government is looking for the world's best ideas to restore and reinvigorate the Flinders Street Station precinct, which includes the station concourse, platforms and the administration building, as well as the Banana Alley Vaults and Queensbridge.