The Gerry Gauntlett Award for excellence in Conservation or Adaptive Reuse
Cue Public Buildings (Cue Community and Visitor Centre)
It’s not always about the scale of the project and the dollars spent. Developed with heritage, social, environmental and economic sustainability in mind, the adaptive reuse of the former Cue Post Office to become the town’s Community and Visitor Centre is an exemplar of a heritage adaptive reuse project.
Guided by a Conservation Management Plan, the work was done in consultation with the community and includes thoughtful interpretation that references its past life as a post office. The restoration and adaptation of this public building has delivered a community asset that has returned people and activity to the town centre.
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.