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.

Farmers Home Hotel, Northam

Joint Category Winner

For over 150-years, the Farmers Home Hotel has been at the heart of the Northam community and a place of welcome and comfort for everyone from pioneers to premiers. This rich heritage served as inspiration throughout the hotel’s multi-million dollar restoration and conservation, which resurrected the Northam landmark on the same principles as which it was founded, to reopen as a modern boutique hotel, wine bar and Dome Café.

This layering of old and new is celebrated in the hotel’s design and interpretation. Contemporary design, both cutting-edge and understated, provides a new level of amenity and sophistication while ensuring the building’s federation grandeur and heritage features take centre stage to reveal the hotel’s remarkable story.

The Farmers Home Hotel was awarded the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award which recognises excellence in the area of conservation or adaptation of a place.

Owner and Director: Dôme Café Group
Architecture: spaceagency
Builder: Masterbuilt Constructions

York Residency Museum

Joint Category Winner

York is WA's oldest inland town and a seismic hotspot. Economic and intangible benefits to the community, the State and the nation relate to the preservation of York's exceptional built heritage. 

The vision was to future-proof the museum by applying wider, holistic thinking rather than simply addressing the retrofit works. The goals were to make the building more resilient against multi natural hazards and tackle outstanding legacy conservation issues such as damp, decay and degradation. It is a model of best practice in its approach, the thoroughness of planning, preparation and implementation future-proofing the last extant Convict Depot Superintendent’s Quarters in Western Australia.

Project Owner: Shire of York
Specialist Earthquake Mitigation Advice: Geoscience Australia and University of Adelaide
Heritage Engineer: Peter Baxendale
Archaeology: Snappygum Heritage Services
Heritage Builder: Colgan Industries

Old Onslow Townsite

Joint Commendation

The conservation of the Old Onslow Cemetery is an exemplar of cemetery conservation, undertaken with great respect and best conservation practice in line with the Burra Charter. A remarkable achievement given the remote and harsh environment.

The project has made a significant contribution to tourism opportunities in Onslow. The revelation and acknowledgement of Aboriginal gravesites provides an insight into a significant stage of the settlement history and associations with existing Aboriginal community in Onslow and the Ashburton region. All of which enrich the history and heritage of the region and its value to community pride and visitor enhancement.

Project Owner: Shire of Ashburton
Conservations Works: HI Constructions
Conservation Consultant: Laura Gray, Heritage Intelligence (WA)

Warders Hotel and Emily Taylor, Fremantle

Joint Commendation

Warders Hotel and Emily Taylor have been adapted from a Victorian Georgian style row of six terrace houses built in 1851 to house warders working at the prison and their families. The hotel rooms retain both the fabric and essence of the original building, providing an immersive heritage experience with modern amenities facilitating a luxurious stay. The hotel provides 11 suites and a hole-in-the-wall bar called the Gimlet.

Project Owner: Prendiville Group
Architect: Matthew Crawford Architects
Heritage Architect: Griffiths Architects
Archaeology: Gavin Jackson Cultural
Builder: McCorkell Construction

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