Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place
Catherine McAuley Centre, Wembley
The limestone building, known as the Martin Kelly Centre, was built by the Sisters of Mercy as a school house for the Subiaco Boys Orphanage and was officially opened in January 1893. The building is part of the Catherine McAuley Centre in Wembley which now operates as MercyCare Wembley, a residential aged care facility and an early learning centre.
The building variously known as the Old Chapel or the Old School was in a state of disrepair, having been neglected and disused for decades. In 2012, as part of a wider development program at the Wembley site, MercyCare made the decision to undertake conservation works towards the adaptive reuse of the building.
The schoolhouse has been restored to its original charming appearance. Working with Bernard Seeber Pty Ltd, MercyCare has brought the past to life in preserved timber doors, ceilings and joinery, as well as the reconstruction of the beautiful blue/clear glass pattern in the windows. From here, overlooking MercyCare’s busiest service area, the Martin Kelly Centre will be able to continue to serve its original purpose in the community as a gathering place for education and discussion.
Claremont Railway Station
The 120 year-old heritage railway building, The Goods Shed, in the heart of Claremont has been sensitively restored and repurposed thanks to a partnership between LandCorp and cultural non-profit FORM.
In August 2016, The Goods Shed opened its doors as a creative project space, with attractive gardens and a coffee pod. Its transformation from an almost derelict site to Perth’s newest cultural landmark has created a year-round community space out of a charismatic and versatile building.
Prior to restoration, The Goods Shed was in a state of disrepair, having been left vacant for over a decade. The building was no longer weatherproof, with significant damage to the cladding including portions entirely missing. As part of the restoration, all significant elements unique to the building were retained and conserved and all new additions were sensitively undertaken, with materials chosen to contrast the heritage elements, ensuring that they are easily identified and can be removed without significant damage to the shed if needed.
The new design for the site reflects the building’s history, carefully enhancing the heritage elements and removing later addition. In its first year alone, The Goods Shed has welcomed over 20,000 visitors, and hosted many international artists in residence, exhibitions and workshops.
Cue Public Buildings
The former Post Office at Cue had a new lease on life thanks to a sensitive conservation and adaptive reuse project managed by Suzanne Hunt Architect and Stephen Carrick Architect in association.
Newly reopened after a three-year project, the building co-locates Cue’s Community Resource and Tourist Information Centres, bringing together visitors and locals in a series of inviting spaces that convey the history of this fascinating gold-rush era town and its people.
A sympathetic contemporary overlay introduces modern conveniences such as air conditioning and Wi-Fi access while retaining all the character of the original Post Office and Postmaster’s Residence.