PERTH Western Australia

A series of external building failures of increasing seriousness prompted urgent investigations and remedial action. Conservation of the place included correcting failures due to wear and tear, poor design, and non-complying construction. Works included replacing all spandrel panels, rectification of underlying concrete cancer in the structure, removal of asbestos materials, rectification of leaking podium slab, installation of a new awning to the north facade, and full replacement of the damaged glazed blocks to the east and west elevations.

The replacement elements were designed to visually match those replaced but with a higher level of performance and quality made possible by improvements in materials science and manufacturing processes.

It is a unique example of conservation of a 1960’s building in Perth.

The project received a Commendation for Heritage, in the 2019 WA Architecture Awards.