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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