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Ballarat Mechanics Institute

Established in 1859 the Ballarat Mechanics Institute is built in an eclectic architectural style and is a distinctive and notable example of craftsmanship in construction and decoration with its elaborate façade. MacLeod Consulting’s involvement over several stages of the rehabilitation of this important landmark included a structural conditions report, remedial works, and new works.

Quick Facts

Project Type Award Winning, Heritage, Community and Civic
Project Materials Steel, Timber
Project Size Medium
Completed Project Yes
Completion Date 2006

Map Location

117 Sturt Street, Ballarat

Project Team

Architect Morton Dunn Architects

Project Description

Established in 1859, the Ballarat Mechanics Institute is built in an eclectic architectural style and is a distinctive and notable example of craftsmanship in construction and decoration with its elaborate façade.

The building has a strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of Victorians throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.

MacLeod Consulting’s involvement over several stages of the rehabilitation of this important landmark include:

  •  A Structural Conditions Report on the collapsed roof structure of the room above the Humphries Room extending to the Auditorium roof framing and identifying long-standing defects requiring remediation
  • Design and documentation of the remedial works to areas of the roof framing;
  • Design and documentation of new verandah structural framing;
  • New works to remove cinema features and to re-establish the original staircase and landings, including the installation of a lift for DDA access requirements
  • Design and documentation of structure for the stage lighting to allow an Auditorium original use at current performance standards

The specialist engineering contribution by MacLeod Consulting was recognised in the 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation received by the involved participants.

 

Awards

2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award - Honourable Mention