RBA have prepared an Archival Record of the Former ACI Complex, Spotswood (also known as the former Melbourne Glass Bottle Works, adjoining Science Works) which is to be demolished. Numerous engineer reports over the preceding years deemed the site unsafe due to hazardous materials (including asbestos), structural instability and damage.

Image: Museum Victoria / Photographer: Dylan Kelly<http://www.dylankelly.com.au>

The Archival Record included measured drawings of existing conditions which necessitated wearing full protective suiting and masks during site visits.

RBA had produced a Heritage Impact Statement in 2009 for Museum Victoria, to assess the impact of proposed redevelopment (storage facilities for art and heritage collections) on the attributed heritage values of the site (first developed in 1890). It is located in an area notable for its associations with the early development of industry in the City of Hobsons Bay. The existing buildings date to the 1930s and 40s.

01 February 2012

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2023 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards

The 2023 Awards ceremony for the Victorian Australian Institute of Architects was held on Friday the 16th June.

Several representatives from RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants attended the event, where we were proud to receive an Award for Heritage Conservation for the Prahran Arcade Façade Conservation and a Commendation for Heritage – Conservation for the restoration of Doherty House in Tarneit.

Additionally, we were pleased to see Searle x Waldron receive an Award for Architecture for the Joyce Chapel Bridge and Wardle receive The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for the Bendigo Law Courts – both projects that RBA have been involved in.

Learn more about the Prahran Arcade Facade Conservation here

Learn more about the Doherty House Restoration here

Doherty House, Tarneit (Image: Thurston Empson)

Bendigo Law Courts, Wardle (Image: Tim Griffith)

Prahran Arcade (Image: Thurston Empson)

Joyce Chapel Bridge, Searle x Waldron (Image: Peter Bennetts)


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