Flinders Street Station is sporting a flashy new look with the unveiling of its new state-of-the-art LED lighting system, a part of the building's $100 million upgrade.
Featuring more than 20 kilometres of cable and 1100 lights, the system is able to bathe the station in any colour of the rainbow, and is set to be used for large-scale light shows at a range of major events. Completely automated and operated remotely, it's the first of its kind to be used on a heritage building in Australia.
The lights themselves have been painstakingly colour-matched to the station's original flood lights and carefully placed to best show off the building's recently repainted exterior. They're also proving much a more budget-friendly option, using around a third of the energy of the originals.
"The new light system is the finishing touch of an exterior restoration that leaves the station looking as fresh as it did when it opened in 1910," explained Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan.
Other projects currently being tackled as part of the government's Flinders Street Station makeover include restoration of the Degraves and Elizabeth Street subways, improvements to the main ticket hall and increased passenger seating.