THE Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute is back to its former glory, on the outside at least.

Scaffolding has being removed to reveal the building’s new render colour as part of the $4.5 million revitalisation project under way.

Gone is the building’s weathered grey appearance and in its place is a warm sandstone coloured render.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Andy Walker said the new colour is actually the original colour of the building.

“The original part of the building is constructed of rendered brick.  As part of the restoration remnants of the buildings original finish were discovered,” Mr Walker said.

“With the approval of Heritage Victoria the remnants were colour matched to the new wash allowing us to reinstate the building.”

The completed exterior restoration works have also included a total roof replacement and installation of new sky lights.

Work on the new addition to the building is continuing and is expected to be completed in June 2018.