RBA are investigating opportunities and constraints for the future of the Werribee Satellite Aerodrome site, producing an Adaptive Re-use Design Study (ARDS) and Conservation Management Plan (CMP). The image below illustrates the internal timber structure of an aeroplane hangar from the site.

The training of RAAF aircrew was heavily reorganised soon after the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1940 the Commonwealth Department of Defence leased 340 acres from the MMBW, including a portion of the subject site, to establish a satellite aerodrome to service Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bases at Laverton and Point Cook. The site was increased in 1941 with the escalation of hositlities.

Hangars were constructed from relatively short lengths of unseasoned Australia hardwood, joined by patented TECO steel sheer connector plates and split rings in order to achieve the large spans required, producing what is considered to be the largest clear span timber trussed buildings in Victoria.

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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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