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Heritage
• Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project
The $75 M Turnback Project at Liverpool Station and Yard, was a major component of upgrading Sydney's suburban rail network between 2005 and 2014 which provided stabling and turnback facilities to reduce congestion on the suburban system. At Liverpool the project comprised extension to the station concourse, new footbridge and 4th platform. Rail infrastructure included a new passing loop, stabling sidings for suburban trains, upgrading of bridges, signalling and other engineering works. The project was carried out in conjunction with a new through southern freight line. Dawbin Architects were commissioned to carry out the heritage assessments of listed items at the site which included the 1880 Victorian station, the old brick goods shed, the multi arch Shepherd Street Viaduct, and Newbridge Road overpass. The Station site is listed on the State Heritage Register, as is the adjacent convict built Liverpool Weir. Due for completion in early 2014, our role has included monitoring during the construction phase to ensure heritage items are not impacted by the project. The work has involved coordination with archaeologists for the project, Casey and Lowe, and regular reporting to the NSW Heritage Office.
Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project
Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project
Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project Liverpool Railway Station, Turnback Project

• North Head, School of Artillery
Conservation Management Plan for North Head, School of Artilery Former Defence Sites - North Head

A Heritage Management Plan was completed for the conservation of a former the former School of Artillery at North Head, involving detailed site analysis, interpretation and preparation of surveys and inventories of heritage assets, for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

 
Conservation Management Plan for North Head, School of Artilery Conservation Management Plan for North Head, School of Artilery

• Mosman Drill Hall
archaeological assessment of Blast Furnace, Lithgow archaeological assessment of Blast Furnace, Lithgow archaeological assessment of Blast Furnace, Lithgow
Further to the completion of a Conservation Management Plan for Harbour Trust for the former 1913 army Drill Hall at Mosman, the site was leased to Mosman Council. The practice participated in the design and documentation of the adaptive reuse of the building as an indoor sporting facility for the local community and to provide offices for the Childrens' Services section of the Council.

The building is the sole survivor of a standard design Drill Hall constructed in many locations in the city and country NSW prior to World War 1. The project injects a new lease of life into the redundant military building, which has remained unused since 1998. The site is adjacent to the existing Rawson Park and oval, and has now been redeveloped as a major sporting complex with outdoor netball courts and the Drill Hall indoor courts.


• Fort Scratchley, Newcastle
Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Fort Scratchley, Newcastle
Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Fort Scratchley was constructed in 1882 for the defence of Newcastle, strategically located on Signal Hill overlooking the entrance to the Hunter River.

Following decades of negotiations, in June 2008 the entire historic site was transferred from the Commonwealth to the custodianship of Newcastle City Council. At a cost of $11 million, major conservation works were completed in 2008 involving refurbishment of all structures on the site. The work included upgrading and waterproofing of the tunnels linking the gun emplacements, and improving accessibility to the site.

In conjunction with the conservation program and as a condition of the transfer, a Heritage Management Plan was prepared for the entire site by Dawbin Architects in collaboration with Suters Architects in Newcastle. After many years of closure, Fort Scratchley is now re-established as an important heritage site and major tourist attraction for the city.


• Eveleigh Railway Workshops (Large Erecting Shop)
Conservation Management Plan for Eveleigh Railway Workshops (Large Erecting Shop) Conservation Management Plan for Eveleigh Railway Workshops (Large Erecting Shop) Conservation Management Plan for Eveleigh Railway Workshops (Large Erecting Shop)
Conservation Management Plan for Eveleigh Railway Workshops Conservation Management Plan and adaptive reuse proposals for a large 19th century workshop building to ensure its conservation of fabric and ongoing useful function. The building is part of the vast former Eveleigh Railway Workshops (Australian Technology Park complex) in Sydney and former home of locomotive 3801.

• Eveleigh Carriageworks
Eveleigh Carriageworks Eveleigh Carriageworks
This project involved the archival recording and photographic survey of the former Stores complex at the western precinct of the former Carriageworks at North Eveleigh, prior to proposed redevelopment by the Redfern- Waterloo Authority in 2009.

The complex includes the oldest structure on the Eveleigh complex, constructed in 1883, and the Carriage Shop Extension where many passenger carriages on the NSW Railway system were constructed and remodelled, prior to closure of the Works in 1989.


• Grenfell Railway Station
Restoration and adaptive reuse of Grenfell Railway Station Restoration and adaptive reuse of Grenfell Railway Station This restoration of a picturesque Edwardian timber railway station followed closure of the country branch line and this terminal station. Community action saved the building from demolition and RailCorp provided funds for restoration and adaptive reuse as a community facility and Tourist office.

• Hornsby Traction Substation and Power Signal Box
Relocation of Hornsby Signal Box
Conservation Management Plan for Hornsby Traction Substation Conservation Management Plan for Hornsby Power Signal Box
Heritage Assessment of the station and yard precinct for potential heritage items and buildings in association with planning the 5th platform development and additional tracks as part of the Rail Clearways Program. Conservation Management Plans were prepared for the Signal Box and Traction Substation located close to the new track alignment.
Further work is currently in progress on the site for relocation of the brick signal box on the site.

• Bankstown Airport – Heritage Management Plan
Hangar 131, constructed 1941
Hangar 131, constructed 1941
Hangar 14, constructed 1941
Hangar 14, constructed 1941
 

A comprehensive Heritage Management Plan was carried out for the northern precinct of Bankstown Airport, comprising the World War 2 aircraft erecting hangars, RAAF Headquarters, and many buildings surviving from establishment of the airport in 1941 as an RAAF Base.

The HMP provides an assessment of heritage significant building stock and infrastructure at Bankstown as part of a broader strategy for heritage management for the site.

Hangar 581 built by the US military
Hangar 581 built by the US military

Interior of Singapore style pre-fab hangar
 

• Gladesville Hospital
Gladesville Hospital In conjunction with a series of projects for the adaptive reuse of former ward accommodation, the practice prepared heritage assessments for several buildings in the western precinct of the former psychiatric hospital, originally designed by Mortimer Lewis in 1835.

New Residential Projects
• New residence, Salamander Bay
Salamander Bay House  Salamander Bay House

Salamander Bay House interior Open planned house in idyllic lagoon waterfront setting.


• New residence, Kurrajong Heights
New residence, Kurrajong Heights

• New residence , Hornsby Heights
New residence , Hornsby Heights
New residence , Hornsby Heights
 
New residence , Hornsby Heights Multi level residence in bushland setting. Extensive use of natural materials.
New residence , Hornsby Heights
New residence , Hornsby Heights
 

• Alterations and additions - Heritage house, Greenwich
Heritage house, Greenwich
Heritage house, Greenwich
Heritage house, Greenwich
Heritage house, Greenwich

Attic fitout and rear extension to 1910 heritage listed cottage. Sympathetic dormer window and contemporary extension to rear, opening up to expansive views.

• Other residential projects
  • Ski lodge, Jindabyne
  • Summer house, North Arm Cove, Port Stephens
  • Alterations and additions in Sydney and Newcastle
  • New houses in Hornsby Heights, Turramurra, Thornton, Nelson Bay, Maitland, Turramurra, Kurrajong Heights

Earlier Work
• Brisbane Customs House
Conservation Management Plan for Brisbane Customs House Conservation Management Plan for Brisbane Customs House

A detailed study (Conservation Management Plan) was carried out on behalf of the Commonwealth, prior to occupation and adaptive reuse by the University of Queensland, as its city campus and function centre.

• Lithgow Blast Furnace and the State Mine
archaeological assessment of Blast Furnace, Lithgow archaeological assessment of Blast Furnace, Lithgow archaeological assessment of Blast Furnace, Lithgow
A Conservation Management Plan was prepared for the conservation and archaeological assessment of the ruins of Lithgow Blast Furnace Park, the birthplace of Australia's iron and steel industry. The project included site planning and appropriate landscaping to present the site for tourist visitation as an interpretive precinct. The ruins and remnant structures were investigated and recorded and former functions interpreted. Access for the public was a major consideration and suitable viewing areas were identified and a heritage trail established around the site.

Associated with this project we have been involved with the development of the State Mine Heritage Park and Railway which has now been developed into a quality coal mining display effectively adapting the remaining buildings and structures of the State Mine.


• University of Technology, Sydney Blackfriars campus
Conservation for University of Technology, Sydney Blackfriars campus Conservation of external fabric, stonework, roof and joinery. Former school buildings by GA Mansfield in 1885, now part of the UTS campus in Broadway, Sydney.

• Nowra School of Arts, 1898 Cyril Blacket building
Nowra School of Arts, 1898 Cyril Blacket building

Other projects for Shoalhaven
City Council:

  • Old ES&A Bank, Berry, 1884 by William Wardell
  • Kangaroo Valley School of Arts
  • Milton Theatre
  • Werninckes Cottage
  • Mt Cambewarra Tea Rooms

• Other Heritage Projects
  • Townsville Customs House
  • Hornsby Traction Substation and Power Signal Box
  • Mulgrave Railway Station
  • Riverstone Station Master's Residence
  • Kiama Infants School
  • Kiama Cargo Shed, redevelopment of wharf
  • Hornsby Rail Clearways Project
  • Revesby Railway Station Turnback project
  • Campsie Railway Station
  • Summer Hill Railway Station
  • Rhodes Railway Station in conjunction with design of new station and concourse by Simpson Dawbin

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