Simon Waters

     Architect

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.





 

 

 

 





Victorian









 

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Industrial History

Distillery

Corio

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.

The plan?


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.

Edwardian



















1930's













 







 

Arts & Crafts




























Timber Triumph
























Classic Cal.Bung.


























1920's
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English 
Revival



























 

 



Glorious 
Koot




 
























 

Asylum


Formally a place of torment, Willsmere is now a wonderful residential haven, much loved by its owner occupiers.

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East Melbourne

Victorian renovation

Italianate mansion

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.

Congratulations to

 

vy Constructions 

on a job well done!

 

Vale - Roger Brookes








Malvern
 

Ethel St

Classic Victorian renovation

Collaboration 

Architect - Simon Waters
Landscape - Paul Bangay
Interiors - Stuart Rattle


















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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.

Hawthorn

Linda Cr

Classic Edwardian

Two storey rear additions



















Toorak

St Georges Rd

Moderne to contemporary

Renovation




















Toorak

Heyington Pl

1930's mansion restoration
























Malvern

Oxford St

Arts & Crafts

Conversion & 1st floor addition






















Albert Park

Iffla St

Timber Victorian Cottage

1st floor addition & renovation



















Armadale

Rose St

Edwardian Villa

1st floor addition



















Canterbury

Selwyn St

Timber Edwardian 2 storey

Attic addition



















Kew

Barkers Rd

 

 

 

 

 

1920's

Renovation & additions



















Malvern
 

Elizabeth St

1920's

Renovation


















Malvern

Elizabeth St

1980's, built new in period style
at UK client request.






























 

 

















 

Hawthorn

Kooyong Koot Rd

Renovated twice for different
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Kew

Willsmere Estate

Proposed additions to the former "Womens Ward" at Kew Cottages, now home to a young family.
 

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.