The conservation management plan established guidelines and principles for the project, identifying the scope for adaptation of the challenging building. Among the challenges were its shear size at 13,000 sq m in footprint, as well as the significantly decayed state of its structure and fabric, which consists of a cast iron frame with columns supported on timber piles, masonry walls and a huge roof with clerestory glazing. The CMP also identified the elements for which restoration or reconstruction were a priority.
Elenberg Fraser’s adaptation works included the addition of new glazed structures at each end, the insertion of a mezzanine in each ‘aisle’ and the inclusion of mechanical plant on the roof. Our conservation works included wholesale removal of lead paint, brickwork repointing, repair of the structural iron gutters, slate sourcing, re-roofing and reconstruction of the nave and aisle full-length lanterns. The northern end of the building had been extensively damaged, and this was dismantled and rebuilt.
Property Council of Australia Award 2010 : Innovation + Excellence Award : Heritage + Adaptive Reuse
The Planning Minister’s Heritage Award 2010
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