Burnham Bakery and Piggery Cafe

Over the past few months we have been busily working behind the scenes at one of Melbourne's hidden gems, Burnham Beeches. While you may not have heard of it yet, the soon to be open bakery and cafe with Vue de Mondes Shannon Bennett at the helm, will surely be on your to-do list.

Case Study for Burnham Bakery and Piggery Cafe

Clients: Shannon Bennett & Adam Garrison

Builder: Leeda Projects

Start Date: Nov 2013

Projected End Date: April 2014

Budget: Unknown

Brief: To re-develop the neglected heritage listed estate Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke forest. Stage 1 works include turning the existing Piggery into a bakery and cafe. Shannon has a focus on sustainability and plans to convert the site into a self-sufficient "village" for locals and day-trippers to visit. Later stages include adding a steakhouse, brewery, tearoom, trufferie and grand boutique hotel.

Our Role: New underground mains/ To upgrade and install custom switchboards/ Provision of interior and public lighting including bowling greens/ Dedicated kitchen equipment/ Liase with appropriate authorities. Due to the high demand of power required for the site we are also performing a sub-station upgrade to supply this demand.

Problems Encountered: Due to unforeseen problems Burnham Bakery and Piggery Cafe is now on track to open on the 6th June 2014. Issues with Heritage Victoria, CFA, EPA, SP Ausnet and the local council have all contributed to the delay. It wasn't all smooth sailing.

Positive Outcomes: ALS learnt a lot about bureaucratic systems and policies whilst working on this heritage listed site. It will steer us in good stead when coming across similar projects. There were many external groups that had to work together efficiently and our electricians on-site have been on a huge learning curve with this project.