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Norris Barracks Conservation Works

Norris Barracks conservation works involved the structural assessment, reporting, advice and restoration of over thirty buildings within the grounds of the former quarantine station and army barracks at Point Nepean. Structures at the site date back to 1845 and are a mixture of Victorian and Federation buildings, and more recent military buildings

Quick Facts

Project Type Civil, Heritage
Project Materials Timber
Construction Budget $4 million
Project Size Large
Completed Project Yes
Completion Date 2003

Map Location

Point Nepean National Park, Victoria

Project Team

Client Department of Defence
Builder Kane Construction
Architect Helen Lardner Conservation & Design (HLCD)

Project Description

Norris Barracks conservation works involved the structural assessment, reporting, advice and restoration of over thirty buildings within the grounds of the former quarantine station and army barracks at Point Nepean.  Structures at the site date back to 1845 and are a mixture of Victorian and Federation buildings, and more recent military buildings.

MacLeod Consulting worked with HLCD Pty Ltd to create a conservation management plan and works package for the site aimed at undertaking sufficient works to make over thirty buildings waterproof and stable, and prevent any further deterioration.  This consisted of identifying, documenting and prioritising conservation works such as render repairs, asbestos removal, masonry and carpentry repairs, roof replacement, and stormwater and drainage improvements.

Our method of inserting scaled photographs of existing conditions within our documentation resulted in considerable cost savings for the client (by reducing the risk to the tenderers) and greatly assisted the eventual builder.

The works were completed over a ten month programme and included a significant amount of hazardous materials removal (consisting mostly of asbestos roof sheeting), structural remediation including re-stumping, the installation of concrete and steel lintels, and installation of a new site stormwater network.