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The internal restoration of the Baird, the Globe Hotel and the Wellington
buildings maintained the unique material heritage fabric while creating
commercial office spaces for modern use
uckingham Redevelopment Co. was
contracted to restore the Wellington
building, Globe Hotel building and Baird
building in William Street, Perth, to the
specification provided by the heritage architect,
Lovell Chen Architects.
Due to the location of the building in Perth’s
CBD, office fitout works needed to commence
within a short time of handover. Buckingham
Redevelopment Co. successfully achieved these
timeframes to facilitate the tenant’s relocation
to the premises.
Although heritage principles were applied
to restoration works, there was also a requirement
that modern-day building codes and standards
should be maintained, and to ensure the buildings
Heritage preservation techniques were used on
pressed metal ceilings with the reproduction of
original patterns to match existing ones.
Door hardware was restored in polished brass in
the Wellington building, with polished brass mail
slots produced to match existing fittings, made
from samples of original hardware.
Layers of paint were stripped back, with
fireplaces and mantles restored to original condition.
Wood staircases were varnished and polished,
and lime wash applied to preserve original
brickworks throughout various parts of the
buildings. Further elements consistent in finish
and texture to original treatments include the
patch and repair of plaster finishes and heritage
skirtings and architraves.
New elements of lighting and mechanical
services were installed to facilitate the building’s
proposed usage of commercial office space.
Although Buckingham Redevelopment Co.
has been established for many years and has
completed numerous and varied redevelopment
projects, this project was the first base build
works contract to include such a major heritage
component and influence.
BUCKINGHAM REDEVELOPMENT CO.
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