23 May 2024

Connecting People to Place

How reconstruction works at a local church reconnected a community and strengthened social values – former College Church, Parkville. Written by Phillipa Hall Images by Peter Bennetts Former College Church, Parkville At rba it is our aspiration to undertake projects that allow us to not only explore, identify and conserve the tangible features and the intangible values – the genius loci (the spirit) – of a place which make it culturally significant, but also to produce outcomes that will strengthen and prolong the connections between people (the users and wider community) and these values. These values, accumulated throughout time, may have several meanings which may…

21 June 2023

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)

 





05 May 2023

RBA Projects Shortlisted for the 2023 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards.

At the recent AIA awards event, it was announced that two of RBA’s recent projects, the Prahran Arcade Façade Restoration and Doherty House, have been…

05 September 2022

Frozen in time, we’ve become blind to ways to build sustainability into our urban heritage

  The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct development won the Greenway Award for Heritage. MDRX/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA James Lesh, Deakin University It was hard to keep…

02 October 2020

Staff news: celebrating 20 years with Anthony Hemingway

This year marks two decades of distinguished service for an integral member of RBA: Senior Associate and Architectural Historian, Anthony Hemingway. Anthony started at RBA…

02 September 2020

Roger Beeston chairs the Heritage Jury for the 2020 AIA Victorian awards

                  RBA Director and Principal Architect, Roger Beeston, is honoured to have chaired the Heritage Jury of…

18 May 2020

Conserving Eltham Courthouse—RBA Heritage Consultants in the field

Ensconced behind a veil of trees, just off the heavily trafficked Main Road, is Eltham’s oldest surviving public building—its former court house. Recently, RBA had…

24 March 2020

RBA commence the Banyule Heritage Study

Over the past several years, RBA has undertaken heritage studies across a wide range of contexts, from the inner-city commercial fringe of Melbourne and the…

10 February 2020

Spotlight on Centre Arcade, Bentleigh

Over 2018-19, the heritage/history team at RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants, led by Senior Associate Anthony Hemingway, undertook a heritage review of proposed structure plan…

21 January 2020

A New Year at RBA

RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants would like to wish all our valued clients, collaborators and friends a very happy 2020. With so many Australian communities…

22 November 2019

RBA Featured on Houzz

We have been featured on the website for design and architecture, Houzz, for our project ‘Cassiope’.   Check out the article by clicking the link…

16 October 2019

The Value of History & Glen Eira Heritage Review/s

Recently, the History Council of Victoria, in combination with its counterparts across Australia, adopted a statement about the Value of History with an open invitation…

12 September 2018

Relocation of the Former Methodist Church, Plenty

The modest former Methodist Church on Yan Yean Road, Plenty, was constructed of timber c1920s. The building is historically significant for its long association with…

21 May 2018

Repairs to Parkville Church

RBA are busily documenting conservation works to the landmark Former College Church (VHR H0394) on Royal Parade, including repairs to the Oamaru limestone, brickwork, and…

20 March 2018

Mortar Bees

An intriguing case of mortar bee attack is evident at the former Public Works Office, Bendigo. The building is now part of the Queen Elizabeth…

08 February 2018

Former West Bourke Club Hotel

In the course of carrying out a building condition assessment at the Celtic Club building on the corner of Queen and La Trobe streets, a small fragment of Melbourne’s past has been discovered.

13 December 2017

South African Soldiers’ Memorial

RBA have been appointed to monitor the dismantling and conservation of the South African Soldiers’ Memorial on St Kilda Road, which is being temporarily removed…