Restoration work at Camden’s milk factory delayed

Prepped for change: Construction works at the historic Camden Vale Milk Factory site have been delayed. Picture: Kayla Osborne
Prepped for change: Construction works at the historic Camden Vale Milk Factory site have been delayed. Picture: Kayla Osborne

Camden Vale Milk Factory looks almost the same as it did a year ago despite plans to turn the iconic building into a restaurant precinct.

Construction on the $8 million development was expected to start in June or July.

However Bespoke Holdings development manager George Saaib said works would now start later this year or in early 2019.

“The project is all about restoring an historic Camden icon back to its original glory,” he said.

“We have spent considerable time ensuring we understand the historic elements of the Milk Factory and how best to restore it so it meets the needs of modern users whilst capturing the essence of the period in which it was built.

“Integrating the new building so it complements the Milk Factory has also been a prime factor in delaying our start.”

Bespoke Holdings is conducting the development of the site on behalf of the owner-operator Costa Meitanis.

The approved development is set to include five new food premises and a function centre, car parking spaces, landscaping and signage.

The heritage building will also be restored as a part of the project.

A whiskey bar is one of the confirmed venues moving into the development.

However Mr Saaib said the rest of the interested venues would not be revealed yet.

“There has been significant interest in the project and at this stage we will be keeping the interest confidential,” he said.

“The final mix is yet to be determined so we are still fielding expressions of interest.  

“As momentum picks up closer to opening we will definitely be letting the community know.”

Mr Saaib said residents should be able to enjoy a meal at the Milk Factory next year.

“Our target is to launch the development in time for the lead up to Christmas 2019,” he said.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak told the Advertiser last year that she would hate to see the site sitting idle for the next 10 years.

“That gateway property is an eyesore, given the complexity of the site I am not surprised that nothing has come before council until this development,” she said.

“The heritage building will be restored and filled with historical information about the buildings previous use.”

For more information, visit: www.themilkfactorycamden.com.