Surry Hills Learning Centre - 618A Bourke St Surry Hills

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About the project
Key Details
  • Project summary
    The former residence at 618A Bourke Street Surry Hills was built by 1882 although fabric evidence on site suggests the construction date may be as early as the 1860s. The original form of the building consisted of a west facing two storey masonry Gothic style residence with a deep setback from Bourke Street. The floor plan had two rooms on each level and a staircase in between. The main entry was located on the front (west) facade.

    Although the house had been vacant for a number of years and had fallen into disrepair, the original exterior of the building was largely intact and some original fabric was present internally.

    The property has local historic and aesthetic significance as one of the earliest residences built along Bourke Street and is a rare surviving example of the residential Victorian Gothic Style. It provides evidence of the early subdivision patterns, development and style of housing in the local area in the mid-19th Century

    Heritage 21 worked with the applicant over a period of 3 years in order to get permission from council into convert the 1850’s house into a childcare centre.



  • What was done

    The original fabric of the building was carefully conserved including Lath and plaster ceilings, 170-year-old brickwork some remaining original windows and doors and fireplaces. Most of the original room layouts were contained, but the original internal stair, which was to steep for purpose, had to be removed. A section of new building work was added to the rear of the 2-storey pitch roof construction.

  • Time frame

    3 Years

Services provided
  • Heritage design advice
  • Schedule of Conservation Works
  • Heritage Impact Statement
  • Heritage Certification
  • Onsite Heritage Architect
Why was the work undertaken?

In order to convert the Heritage building into a childcare centre.

Who was the work completed for?

Private Owners & Developers


Fully operational and compliant childcare centre, plus extensive fabric conservation.

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What our clients
& partners say:

“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
Urban Planning Consultant, Cityscapeplanning+projects

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