About the project

Conrad Gargett was engaged by the Queensland Government Department of Education to provide heritage advisory and design services for the state heritage listed National School Building at Warwick East State School. As one of the oldest surviving school buildings in Queensland, the National School Building required extensive conservation, repair and compliance upgrade works whilst retaining and reusing as much of the original built fabric as possible.

The damaging layers of plastic and lead paint were removed, and the built-up salts were extracted from the brickwork walls. The original 1864 hand-pressed bricks were then turned around, brick by brick, to bring new life to the building. All of the timber door, window joinery and structural framing was refurbished, and the natural ventilation systems were reinstated. The surrounding footpaths were regraded, and a ramp was added to the east, to provide compliant access to the building. Due to the reactive clay soil and intermittent flooding of the site, the entire building was underpinned with a raft slab to prevent further cracking.

Through the conservation work, future generations in the school and the greater Warwick community will be able to appreciate and engage with this part of local history.