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The Substation

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The Substation is not your average events space. For a start, there are only five buildings of this type left.

Steeped in history, but modernised to accommodate today’s needs, the raw industrial space offers something different to your typical inner-city warehouse.

If you’re after something a little bit fancy and theatrical – perhaps for a wedding, or an important celebration – Blakes Feast can deliver a striking menu to match the grandeur of this red-brick neo-Classical building.

Capacity

  • 200 seated

Location

1 Market Street, Newport

The Substation is in Newport, 7km southwest of Melbourne, and easily accessible from the West Gate Freeway.

A brief history

The Substation was built in 1915 as a power station that converted electricity for the railways. It operated in this capacity until the 1960s, before it was abandoned. It remained that way until the 1990s when two residents lobbied to restore the buildings. The restoration took 12 years to complete. It opened in 2008.

Venue features

Where do we start? Arched floor-to-ceiling windows framing stunning sunsets. A wrought-iron and glass staircase. Dramatic black and red drapery. Warm wooden floors. Original red brick pillars. All combine to create a unique, inviting industrial space.

What makes it a great venue for your next event?

There’s a sense of theatre when you enter The Substation. The restoration has been sensitively done so while the bones of the building may be 100 years old, the amenities and facilities are modern. It’s great example of the collision between the old and the new.