The three storey red brick Malt Store was designed by H.V. and A. Chapman. Its cellars were used for fermenting, ground floor for storage and the two upper floors held 21 cylindrical concrete malt storage tanks, designed by Monier Pipe Company. These are thought to be the earliest of their type in the southern hemisphere. Three of them have been retained and adapted for use as rooms.
Following survey work and documentation, façade conservation works commenced with paint removal, which revealed remnants of the original tuck pointing. This has been preserved where possible and missing pointing reinstated. The lower render band on Swanston Street has also been reinstated, along with general render repairs and the application of a pigmented washcoat to rendered areas. The window frames and sashes have been replaced, and the main door and wrought iron grille restored.
The Malt Store now forms part of the Swanston Square development, which includes the bluestone buildings on Bouverie Street — another conservation works project by Lovell Chen. We also developed the interpretation plan for the whole site (Malt Store interpretation plan).
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