St Vincent's College Potts Point- Breezeway

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Key Details
  • About The Project

    Rationalisation of a school campus by the construction of a breezeway to link all the separate heritage buildings on the campus. Heritage 21 working closely with Charles Glanville and Louis Borg from Thomson Adsett Architects.

  • Project summary

    Heritage 21 participated with Thomson Adsett Architects in the design, approval process, documentation and supervision of all the heritage aspects of the site during the construction of a new breezeway along the eastern façade of the 1886 School Building and the façade of the 1938 School Building. This breezeway allowed rationalized connection to all parts of the school which were previously isolated and without continuous/ seamless connection. At the same time opportunities were provided for the conservation of the brickwork and sandstone of the earlier buildings on the campus.

  • What was done

    A new breezeway was added along the façade of the 1886 School Building and the faced of the 1938 School Building. Conservation work carried out for the sandstone and the brickwork of the old heritage buildings on site.

  • Time frame

    5 years from inception to the completion of construction

Services provided
  • Sandstone Condition Assessment and Remediation advice
  • Statement of Heritage Impact
  • Photographic Archival Recording
  • Interpretation Plan
  • Interpretation Panel design
  • Retrieval of original images
  • Participation by Heritage 21 on site throughout the construction period
Why was the work undertaken?

Prior to the introduction of the breezeway, the school campus was beset with logistical problems relating to the access to the various buildings on the campus by school children, teachers, and parents. The breezeway rationalised these issues and problems into a highly successful project that comprised both new work and heritage conservation.

Who was the work completed for?

St. Vincent’s College


A highly positive result was achieved through the close collaboration of Heritage 21 with Charles Glanville from Thomson Adsett Architects and the builders and the sub- contractors that executed the physical work on site. Tremendous opportunities were opened for the conservation of the key heritage buildings on the site ensuring that minimal original fabric was demolished to facilitate the new breezeway. This project is a good example of the introduction of new fabric in a heritage context.

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“'I have had some involvement with Heritage 21 in working through the design and documentation currently taking place at the Exchange Hotel in Balmain, and have appreciated the ability to provide recommendation on potential design outcomes that are able to be supported as consistent with heritage requirements' ”

Liam Corr
Registered Architect

“It has also been a pleasure working with Paul and your team on this project. To be honest, I had not done heritage projects before and it was only through Paul and your team’s guidance that allowed me to complete this project at a high standard. I am now confident in doing heritage projects like this and I look forward to the next project that we can work on together. Again, thank Paul and Divya patience and professional advice throughout the process. ”

Eddie Lam

“Really appreciate the help in responding the RFIs. I acknowledge all the work that was required and that you put into that report. Maddocks said you made their job easy! ”

Max Symonds
Development Manager - Metro Property Development

“Just as client-side project manager for Honey Insurance, I would to let you know that it has been a very positive experience and appreciate your quick responses and quality of work from you and your organisation thus far. ”

Nick Maric
Project Management

“I just wanted to share the good news that Canterbury-Bankstown Council has decided to withdraw the development control order issued to our client. The report you prepared was pivotal in this decision by the Council. Many thanks to you, Paul and the team for your work on this. ”

Anna Lindeman-Jones
Senior Associate - Addisons

“I'd like to thank Paul and Lauren for their dedication, persistence and well thought through support and substantiation of the design merits of our development proposal; it is no easy feat to have a new building approved in a heritage conservation area, and particularly adjacent to heritage items. ”

Tim McLachlan
Development Manager

“I consider that we have a well prepared case that has been cogently articulated by Paul and Michael. It is a fraught experience for us, however we do appreciate the input from top professionals such as Paul ”

Richard Mann
Registered Architect

“Hi team at Heritage 21 I just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work on Mosman and being so responsive etc. One of our team recommended you and I have been very happy with the service provided. ”

Di Jones
Principal - Linked Project Management

“We would also like to take a quick moment to thank you all for your contribution to the project and we will update you on any developments as necessary”

Jose Serrao
Registered Architect

“Dear Heritage 21 team, I am please to advise that all the work prepared by your team has satisfied council’s contentions. We definitely know who to come to next time for heritage matters. ”

Andres Caceres
Level 33

“Thank you for all your work preparing this Statement of Heritage. I sat down yesterday and had a good read cover to cover, and felt very appreciative of your level of research and detailed consideration of our requirements.”

Varuna', Katoomba

“Just wanted to let you know, Council agreed with us in our application to reinstate the front facade! I am so excited. I wanted to thank you for all your help in getting this across the line. ”

Jane Frawley

“It has been a pleasure to work with you and your team as well!”

Holding Redlich

“Dear Heritage 21 team - This is an excellent result, thank you for all your work.”

Sevda Cemil

“Sites with heritage values present great opportunities, however often can be easily derailed if clear, concise and timely advice is not provide at the earliest stages of site planning. I have worked with Heritage 21 over numerous projects across Sydney and have found them to be valuable project partners in the development process. ”

Vince Hardy
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