Rockhampton School of Arts
The Rockhampton School of Arts was in such disrepair demolition was considered. Through advocacy to the Rockhampton Regional Council on the benefits of adaptive re-use, architectural documentation and a structural repair proposal was prepared in 2006, and construction proceeded in 2009.
The building was repaired, original fabric conserved, services upgraded and the amenity of the rooms improved. A new two storey contemporary link to the new library built behind the School of Arts re-established a logical access to the rear of the site. While the 19th century building was airconditioned, natural light and ventilation were retained and improved to offer options to the building occupants. All the original rooms were reinstated and new connections made. Of particular note was the restored stair in its double storey hall, which was a visual success. The verandahs of the School of Arts were opened up, reinstating the original appearance of a 19th century civic building in the centre of Rockhampton.
The building process had to be carefully managed to mitigate any impacts on the existing fabric and missing elements reinstated. Due to the level of disrepair, information was gathered from historical sources to assist with the task. New technology was incorporated into the building with minimal impact on the Cultural Significance of the building.
AIA Central QLD State Commendation 2011
National Trust of QLD Gold QLD Heritage Council Award 2010
National Trust of QLD John Herbert Memorial Award 2010
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