We have been privileged to be involved in a wide range heritage projects for many years.
This usually includes planning approval and sometimes VCAT appeal but more often than not agreement can be reached with councils on a suitable outcome that balances heritage requirements with modern living standards.
We are delighted to be involved with the adaptive re-use of one of the world's largest whisky distilleries. Built in 1927, it produced a staggering quantity of spirits until becoming unprofitable in the 80's.
With both heritage protection and industrial zoning, a quite unusual combination, the 10,000 sqm of floor space is not easy to revive.
It will be an automotive complex with an industrial museum, vehicle storage and car club centre, the lawn being ideal for display of historic treasures.
Arts & Crafts
Formally a place of torment, Willsmere is now a wonderful residential haven, much loved by its owner occupiers.
1 Internal renovation 2016
2 External heritage repairs 2020
The facade needed extensive restoration following a council order for public safety and we needed a specialist heritage facade contractor.
A job well done!
Vale - Roger Brookes,
esteamed client of 20 years.
Classic Victorian renovation
Architect - Simon Waters
Landscape - Paul Bangay
Interiors - Stuart Rattle
The centre piece of the museum are two massive original copper stills from the 1920's. Unsuited for modern use, they stand like beacons to a past era.
< Well worth a visit. Click on main image for further details.
Two storey rear additions
St Georges Rd
Moderne to contemporary
1930's mansion restoration
Arts & Crafts
Conversion & 1st floor addition
Timber Victorian Cottage
1st floor addition & renovation
1st floor addition
Timber Edwardian 2 storey
Renovation & additions
1980's, built new in period style
at UK client request.
Kooyong Koot Rd
Proposed additions to the former "Womens Ward" at Kew Cottages, now home to a young family.
Renovated twice for different
clients over 3 levels.
Changes to these state listed buildings are extremely difficult due to the heritage restrictions.
But if the design is considered appropriate, it is possible to navigate through the process.
In this case, the site is controlled by a body corporate, with any changes to buildings governed by Heritage Victoria, not the local council.
This means there is no planning permit in usual sense but a similar process requiring tripartite support from the BC's heritage architect, the residents and finally, HV, the ultimate authority.
It requires consultation and development of the the design to take into account the views of all three groups, having regard for the historic importance of the site.
This project involves an extension to the "women's ward" for cater for the needs of a young family.
It has been designed to fit into the landscape and be in keeping with the original building, a lovely slate roofed cottage.
If approval is granted, expected very soon, it will be a landmark in heritage policy on this site, an example of how applicants and authorities can work together in a constructive way.