In 2015, we completed conservation works to exterior of the heritage building, including the complete restoration of the main frontage, the Green Street façade and the clocktower. We also developed an interpretation plan.
To the rear of the structure, on the south side of the site, a new nine-storey residential tower by Armsby Architects has been constructed. Residential accommodation now occupies the upper floor of the heritage building, with a large retail tenancy at ground level.
Conservation works included extensive paint removal and the repointing of the brickwork — unifying the façade. The building originally had verandahs on two sides. The challenge in reinstating features is to make them work in the context of modern requirements. Vehicle turning specifications precluded the reinstatement of the verandah on Green Street but the Swan Street verandah has been reinstated.
The interpretation plan was implemented using panels designed by David Huxtable of LookEar, which have been installed in the residential lobby on the north side of the building.
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