Launceston Heritage Wins
The winners in the 2017 Launceston Heritage Awards are
exemplars in revitalizing and showcasing the city’s historic heritage places.
The winning design in the Small Projects category celebrates
a well-considered contemporary garden room extension to the rear of a Bennell
Regency Townhouse. Approved by the Tasmanian Heritage Council, the
modestly-scaled addition incorporates the fireplace and chimney from the
previously existing service wing.
Designed by Jack Birrell of Birrelli Architects, the
response provides a sympathetic addition without impacting on the principal
form and integrity of the building, or the ability to interpret the spatial
form, character and function of the original service wing.
The townhouse was built by prominent northern
Tasmanian builder James Bennell, who arrived in Tasmania in 1834 and became one of the colony’s earliest
speculative builders. A comprehensive
history of his work published in 2006 attributes Bennell’s success to his
creative mind and flair for business. The quality of craftsmanship employed in
the buildings has stood the test of time, as has community appreciation of the
heritage significance of Bennell buildings.
The redevelopment of the Launceston College Performing
Arts Centre won the Major Projects category. The award is a celebration of the
archaeology and deep history of a significant inner-city site. The success of
the development, also approved by the Heritage Council, was covered in an early news item story.
The Tasmanian Heritage Council congratulates all the
winners for contributing towards the protection of the state’s historic
heritage, and revealing the stories of Launceston’s past.
The Launceston City Council is also congratulated for its
ongoing commitment to supporting the owners and organisations that make a
positive contribution to protecting the city’s well-loved heritage values.