Heritage in the Modern World
‘They don’t make them like they use to’ is a common sentiment among many these days, and with more pre-fabricated construction sites appearing throughout our metropolitan areas, this notion is more prevalent than ever. But what if we had the chance to breathe new life into some of the iconic sites around Australia and bring them into 2017 - and beyond?
With UNESCO’s mission to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage firmly on the agenda, locations around Australia are being celebrated for their rich heritage. One such example is the iconic Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane with its rich European and Indigenous heritage.
This project spans over 26 hectares, which include both land and water environments, and will include the restoration and repurposing of the 11 state-owned buildings, some as old as 200-years were well and truly passed their ‘use by date’ due to their age and decades of neglect. “It’s very exciting to see these building revitalised and strengthened for future generations,” Sherard Northey, Calibre Structures Manager QLD, said. With his 10-year involvement with the Treasury and Land Administration buildings, he is known as a subject matter expert in this area.
Calibre was chosen as the Heritage Engineer for this project, which has been identified as the largest heritage precinct development in the Southern Hemisphere. Sherard and his team were awarded the role in 2016 and earlier this year, works commenced. Under Sherard’s guidance, the team has successfully moved into the Heritage and Monitoring response phase for the Queensland State Government and will continue to work on the project until 2022.
Heritage doesn’t just include hundred-year-old buildings, it also applies to the icons in our sporting culture both in Australia and New Zealand. Sports fans both in Perth and Dunedin will see two well-known sporting sites repurposed, allowing for a more diverse use of land.
Colloquially known as the ‘House of Pain’ in Western Australia for it's challenging pitch for inter-state clubs, and with a rich sporting history since 1969, Domain Stadium (Subiaco Oval) has entered into the initial stages of its redevelopment with Calibre’s assistance. Calibre has been engaged to provide preliminary support for the relocation of existing services at the site as Lead Consultant. This site will provide high-density residential offerings and include the new Inner City College in future phases of the project.
“Working with a West Australian icon and enabling the state government to potentially repurpose a portion of the stadium, we will turn the stadium and the surrounding land into a precinct that will offer the community more opportunities to learn, live and grow. This is a fantastic opportunity and we are delighted to be a part of this initial stage of works that also assists in the creation of a site for construction of the new Inner City College,” says Wayne Edgeloe, Urban Development Leader – West.
And while stadiums like Subiaco Oval are part of our cultural heritage, for New Zealand rugby fans, stadiums are often considered more like religious institutions than sporting fields. As the city’s main domestic and international rugby union and cricket venue, the old Carisbrook site has seen its fair share of conversions on the field. “Growing up, Carisbrook was an iconic sporting venue and we are proud to be associated with this ‘sacred’ site," says Murray Wood, Structural Team Lead – Christchurch.
Since opening in 1883, this historic venue has transformed from an original cricket ground through to the home of rugby and at times, music events. And today the site is once again being transformed into a new facility. Our Christchurch team has undertaken the structural and civil design of a new 4000m2 storage, fabrication and distribution warehouse for Calibre’s client, Calder Stewart.
In order to maintain the rich heritage of the site and as a nod to the significant events of its past, the original brick gates of the site will be retained to create a small pocket park adjacent to the new facility.
With our heritage continually showing its importance, expertise in structural and civil works is imperative to the success of any repurposing and refurbishing project. Let Calibre help you discover the potential of our heritage sites across the country and beyond. Click here to find out more.