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Collins Street, MELBOURNE

Challenge

This pristine heritage building is located within the exclusive Collins Street precinct of Melbourne. The heritage conservation controls are exceptionally rigid on the building and CS were selected to lead the architect team through the Melbourne City Councils approval process.

Solution

The starting point for the project required the completion of exceptionally detailed architect’s drawings of the existing features of the building. These drawings had to exactly match the as built conditions of the building before any discussions on what modifications could be made were held. This was a collaborative effort between the client, the architect and our team to gather photographs and historic plans of the building to accurately draw up and document the existing conditions. On completion of this we turned our attention to identify the heritage features that were important to be retained and those modern elements that could be removed. We quickly identified that the mosaic tiles within the building frontage were significant and had to be retained along with the pillars and ornamental period embellishments across the façade. The glazing along the frontage was identified as non-significant to the heritage fabric and correctly classed as a modern addition that could be removed or modified. With the guidance of the CS team the client was able to present an acceptable demolition plan to Council as part of the planning application that was approved by councils heritage advisor with no amendments required. This allowed for a expedited planning approval for the project being issued and construction commencing ahead of schedule.