Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh NSW - Eveleigh Railway Workshops

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About the project
Key Details
  • About The Project

    Australian Technology Park (ATP) – Eveleigh Railway Workshops; Heritage 21 was commissioned by ATP to provide an interpretation strategy for sheds 1 & 2. These 2 sheds were the only original sheds remaining after the Australian Technology Park conversion of the building circa 2005. The purpose of the interpretation strategy was to assist visitors from a tourist and schedule school / university projects to explain the historic workings of the locomotive sheds at Eveleigh.

  • What was done

    A comprehensive interpretation strategy inclusive of interviews with workers who had been involved with the locomotive sheds in the 1950s & 1960s.

  • Time frame

    6 months

Services provided
  • Heritage Interpretation Strategy
  • Heritage Interpretation Strategy
  • Liaison with Senior Managers
  • Oral interview with previous workers on the site
Why was the work undertaken?

The work was undertaken in order to display the tools and processors including machinery in relation to the inner workings of the Eveleigh Railway Yard. And to communicate these processors to visitors and students.

Bays 1 and 2 – Blacksmith’s Shop, 1500T Davy Press, 40cwt double-arch steam drop hammer, a 20cwt heavy steam hammer plus numerous small hammers.

Who was the work completed for?

In June 2002, the NSW Ministry for the Arts completed the purchase of the Carriage and Blacksmith Workshops at the Eveleigh Rail Yards site. Soon after, a construction project on the site commenced under the name of Carriageworks. Adaptive reuse of the workshop site began in 2003.

Outcome

The Australian Technology Park transformed the railway workshops and landscaped the grounds. Physical display of original tools and machines used in sheds 1 & 2 of the Eveleigh railway yard.

“The Eveleigh Carriage Workshops are of national cultural significance as part of the largest intact, high quality workshop site from the steam era in Australia. It has now been opened to the public in a creative new way. This landmark site has been given new life without forsaking the old – its 1888 industrial heritage clearly evident through the retention of nearly all the significant fabric and equipment extant at the time of adaptation. The carriages have gone, but not the cranes, the rails, and the ability to read its form and former function. Existing elements retain their patina of age. This project, realised on a strict budget and even stricter timetable, provides flexible theatre spaces, administration offices, workshop spaces and amenities in discrete concrete boxes clearly articulated from the heritage fabric. (The Australian Institute of Architects also awarded Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with the AIA Greenway Award for the heritage of CarriageWorks at Eveleigh. The award citation read)

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