Industrial Adaptive Reuse wins Launceston Awards

 

The 2019 Launceston City Council Heritage Awards has showcased contemporary additions to residences, the restoration of a theatre to its art deco heyday, through to the adaptive reuse of a large and complex industrial site.

The office development at the Launceston Gasworks site for TasPorts has won the category for projects over $200,000. The award is in recognition of the challenges, complexities and ultimate success achieved in adapting an unused industrial building into offices for TasPorts. The judges’ citation noted that not only did the development bring new life to the building, it also successfully retained the integrity of the building.

 

The Gasworks is a local land mark, and the horizontal retort, which houses the new offices, is one of the earliest buildings on the site. Pain staking cleaning and repair of the solid sandstone façade along with the careful insertion of partitions, offices and meeting rooms internally allows the community and visitors to appreciate the industrial scale of the building and its role in Launceston's past.

The restoration, preservation and conservation of a Georgian outbuilding was the winner of the category for projects under $200,000.

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