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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