The Planning Panel Report for Planning Scheme Amendment C198 is now publicly available. Most of the Heritage Overlays proposed in the City North Heritage Review 2012 (authored by RBA) were recommended by the panel to be included. Council will consider the findings in the near future. Amendment C198 seeks to change the Melbourne Planning Scheme by introducing new individual heritage overlays and heritage precincts, removing a some individual places from the heritage overlay (e.g. those now demolished), modifying boundaries to some existing precincts, and changing the existing grading of some places.

In preparing the City North Heritage Review, RBA reviewed the heritage status of over 450 sites, including precincts, in adjoining parts of Carlton, Melbourne, North Melbourne and West Melbourne in the vicinity of the Queen Victoria Market and south of the University of Melbourne.

Many of the additional places recommended for heritage protection date to the Interwar period, especially factory buildings, with a few Post-WWII buildings including the former TAA building (1965) in Franklin Street and the Former Ramsay Surgical Precinct (1970s).

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Above: TAA building, Franklin Street, 1975 (Source: State Library of Victoria, Image H2000.52/11)
Above: Former Interwar Factory, 186-190 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
20 August 2014

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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)


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