Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State Registered Place

This category recognises conservation or adaptation of a place entered in the State Register of Heritage Places.

Aquinas College Chapel

Opened in 1966, the Aquinas College Chapel is a significant landmark within the campus, it is a visual reference point and is integral to the vibrant life of the school; be it in its capacity as a place of worship and reflection and providing multiple uses by the community as a music and events space.

Adaptive-use development and conservation works were undertaken in 2018-2019. The developed design maintained the aesthetic values of the place, and the historic and social values of the place have been enhanced.

Armadale District Hall

The conservation of the historic Armadale District Hall in the civic centre of Armadale was a successful undertaking which was spurred by strong support from the community and a local government in touch with their constituents. The sensitive conservation and detailed restoration were the culmination of investigations, research and a commitment to the Burra Charter principles which guided the works. The result is the retention of the Inter-War Art Deco inspired building which contrasts beautifully with the new contemporary multi-purpose hall accessed by a glazed passageway.

Bebo Moro, Guildford

As part of a larger redevelopment project, Catholic Homes seized the opportunity to undertake the conservation of Bebo Moro homestead and the adjacent store/cellar. Both these two buildings form some of the earliest developments within the Guildford historic town site.

Redevelopment of the aged care accommodation has provided the opportunity for the former homestead and store/cellar to become an integral aspect of the site, not just from a focal point of view but also contributing to functions of the facility. The building now accommodates several complementary uses for the residents and provides a pleasant and relaxing destination for the residents and their visitors.

Boulder Town Hall & Offices

The beautifully preserved Boulder Town Hall features pressed tin ceilings, wrought iron balustrades and the priceless Philip Goatcher stage curtain. A recommendation was made to move the Goldfields War Museum (GWM) into the former Medical Rooms located in the East Wing of the Boulder Town Hall. The 2010 earthquake left the east wing in a state of disrepair with collapsed plaster, cracked walls and downed ceilings and extensive conservation work was required. 

This newly restored wing is an ideal location for the new Goldfields War Museum that tells the emotive stories of servicemen and women.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Quarters

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Precinct redevelopment project was final phase in the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses Master Plan. The project converted the original, dilapidated Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage into a fully restored appealing building, which now houses a modern, interactive and immersive museum installation providing a historical interpretation of the precinct. Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage Two (1896) was in poor condition internally and externally. Considerable interior and exterior restoration works were undertaken whilst retaining the historic fabric of the building.

Ellensbrook at Mokidup

Set within the stunning coastal landscape of the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park 'Ellensbrook at Mokidup' is a place that embodies the history of the south west of Western Australia. In 2019, the National Trust of Western Australia completed a major two-year project to conserve and re-interpret this significant heritage place for the benefit of the community. 

Guided by a conservation plan, the project team undertook archaeological investigations, conservation and landscape works, four traditional trade skills workshops, and moving of the waterwheel to its original location. Ellensbrook was conserved with awareness of its fragility, and with a focus on community heritage skills training.

Fairbridge Farm School (Chapel Conservation Works)

The Chapel is used for church services and as a popular destination for weddings and for the annual Fairbridge Festival.

Due to the deterioration in the physical condition and potential risk to bush fire, the timber shingles to the roof of Fairbridge Chapel were replaced with slate. Fairbridge Chapel received funding as part of the 2017-2018 Heritage Council of WA Heritage Grants Program to replace the roofing and roof drainage. The conservation works have ensured that the Chapel can continue to be enjoyed by the local Fairbridge Farm School and broader West Australian community for another 100 years.

The Royal Hotel 

The Raine Square redevelopment reintroduced buildings of paramount heritage significance to the Perth public.

The newly opened Royal Hotel tavern has embraced and celebrated the story and heritage of the building through all aspects of the fit-out and decoration. This will be of lasting benefit for the community, as the wider public will be able to occupy and experience the building; in particular the first-floor verandah, which has been successfully reactivated. This is a tremendous outcome in a prime location of the city that showcases the heritage building & its reminiscent activity of when it was first built.

Page last reviewed 18 June 2020
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