Victoria Barracks, Paddington, NSW

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Key Details
  • About The Project

    Heritage design advice and conservation management of entire Victoria Barracks campus over a period of 20 years. Involvement in construction advice for virtually every structure at Victoria Barracks during this time and continuing


  • Project summary

    Heritage 21 has been working at Victoria Barracks for the last 20 years and during that time has worked on virtually every one of the 120 odd structures at the barracks. Most recently, Heritage 21 has worked closely with PCB Contractors and their stone masons on repairing and conserving 8 separate sections of sandstone walling that surrounds the barracks. Prior to that, all the lead paint was removed from the interior of Building 1- the main building at the barracks. A schedule of works was completed for Building 76 and Building 83 and a range of other conservation works have been carried under Heritage 21’s supervision throughout the site including most of the built structures and landscape elements.

  • What was done

    A range of different projects including rebuilding parts of the perimeter sandstone wall with structural footings, identifying conservation works required in various buildings, working with engineers to install security pipework throughout the barracks and custom designing each of the entry points of services into the building in order to minimise impacts. Repairing the balcony and verandah of building 76- Officers Mess, sundry repairs to the accommodation building (Married Couples Terraces), major repairs to the Chapel internally and externally, signage throughout the barracks on various buildings, etc.

  • Time frame

    Heritage 21 has been involved in conservation works and heritage assessments over the last 25 years.

Services provided
  • Schedules of conservation work
  • Photographic Archival Recording
  • Lead paint removal throughout Building 1
  • Conservation strategy for the repair of the perimeter walls
  • Detailed conservation policies for Building 83
  • Supervision of conservation works to most of the buildings on the site
  • Working closely with appointed contractors to ensure appropriate treatment to structures
  • Specification writing for a range of conservation works at the barracks
  • Minuting of all meetings held on site
  • Sandstone Conservation
  • Signing off on numerous separate projects at the barracks
Why was the work undertaken?

Defence has a strategy for ongoing maintenance of its sites throughout Australia. Victoria Barracks is a part of this strategy. Heritage has worked with most of the appointed building contractors to provide detailed heritage advice and guidance in order to protect the buildings and specify correct materials and methodologies for the repair and conservation of most of the buildings on the campus.

Who was the work completed for?

Mainly for Puch Construction and Building Contractors who were appointed by Defence to carry out the various projects. Our role was to support Puch in all of their decisions regarding conservation, repair and reinstatement of damaged or degraded fabric within the campus of buildings at the Barracks.


Conservation of major structures at the barracks including perimeter sandstone walls, repairs, and renovation to Building 1 (the main structure on the site) and attendance to various repairs and the introduction of services throughout the campus of buildings at the barracks.

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What our clients
& partners say:

“'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
Urban Planning Consultant, Cityscapeplanning+projects

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