Historic Laveter House (c.1910) has been transported over 300m to a new location on the site of the Assisi Aged Care Centre in Rosanna, Melbourne. The move is a culmination of a year’s proprietary work. Drawing upon previous experience moving the Shepparton Showground Bandstand, RBA were able to provide comprehensive heritage advice and expediate various permits required for such an endeavour.

The house, designed by Oakden & Ballantyne Architects, is historically significant and a fine example of Queen Anne style architecture. The land previously occupied by the house was required for a major extension of aged care facilities at the site. As the building is heritage protected and not for demolition, the answer was to relocate.

Specialist structural moving company, Mammoth Movers assisted in the process helping to identify the best route for transportation and negotiation of various obstacles along the way. After several weeks of site preparation, the 120 tonne house was lifted and placed on wheels before commencing its careful journey across the site to its new home at a sedate 25 metres per hour.

Click here for an interesting time-lapse footage of the project (source: Sweett Group)


01 October 2011

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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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