Ascot Kilns and Chimneys
Planning, design and conservation works to Australia’s largest cluster of circular kilns and associated chimneys.
What does the conservation project involve? How long will the project take to complete?
The Ascot Kilns Conservation project involves a staged process of planning, design and works aimed at ensuring the long-term conservation of eight circular ‘beehive’ kilns, five chimneys, and tunnels.
Given the heritage value of the structures, it is important that the works are undertaken sensitively, under the guidance of experts with substantial relevant experience in heritage conservation. Local firm Hocking Heritage + Architecture has been contracted to assist with delivery of this project.
The first stages of the project involve structural assessment, planning and design – all central to ensuring the project can proceed safely and successfully. Following on from this, the conservation building works will include, but not be limited to:
- Kiln conservation including repointing of brickwork, and replacement or reassembly of deteriorated brickwork as required.
- Conservation and structural upgrades to the chimney stacks.
- Construction of a new protective roof canopy for the kilns.
How much will the project cost?
It is anticipated that the conservation works will be completed by mid-2023.
Will Ascot Kilns be open to the public on completion of the works?
The project has received funding of $6 million over three financial years as part of the WA Recovery economic stimulus program.
What are the benefits of conserving the Ascot Kilns?
No. These essential conservation works are intended to stabilise and prevent further degradation and damage to the heritage assets. The current funding does not extend to development of the site for community purposes. Beyond this, State and local government are committed to working together to develop a plan for the area that will provide opportunities into the future for the community to engage, up close, with these structures and the story of their history.
How can I find out more?
The Ascot Kilns conservation project ensures that this distinctive Perth landmark is preserved for the benefit of the community into the future.
The cultural heritage significance of this rare cluster of kilns and chimney stacks was recognised with their entry in the State heritage register in 1992, followed by permanent registration in May 2020.
The conservation project is expected to generate significant economic activity, including contracting and employment opportunities.
This page will be updated at key project milestones, or you can get in touch with the project team on 6551 4131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.