RBA was engaged to restore the town hall façades, which had developed concrete cancer in places, causing pieces of masonry to fall to the ground and threaten public safety. The original render skim coat to the exterior had virtually disappeared after over 100 years of weathering and its chemical properties were investigated so as to accurately replicate the mix. RBA also reinstated the original Mansard roofs and decorative parapet urns, in a series of works that were staged over seven years.

South Melbourne Town Hall is an outstanding example of the Victorian Academic Classical style with French Second Empire influences. This project dramatically improved the building’s presentation to the public realm and was awarded the 2006 AIA John George Knight for Heritage Architecture.