Campbell’s Stores

The Rocks, Sydney

Transformation of prominent heritage site with complex design requirements and archaeological significance

The refurbishment of this prominent heritage structure encountered complex challenges demanding expert heritage engineering.

Our primary focus was the overriding requirement for conservation of Campbell’s Stores, an existing State Heritage Register listed building. This involved input and design considerations from many stakeholders, design and heritage professionals and builders. Collaboration and constant communication were key to the success of this project.

The existing structure comprised 11 bays of historical construction, components and conditions. The site’s transformation includes a new dining precinct on the promenade side, with architectural precast concrete, steel and glass awning. An additional ‘Bay 12’ at the northern end features a new masonry structure, with similar smaller awning.

Bulk excavation works were limited to minimise risks to the structure. Demolition and strip-out works were tightly monitored. Issues uncovered included cracked sandstone footings, damaged timber columns, decay due to water ingress and rising damp. New materials sourced replicated the existing construction in type, quality and fabric.

TTW heritage specialists overcame engineering challenges: heritage restoration works to sandstone and timber structures, tidal water issues and archaeological finds. Remains of an 1830s warehouse were discovered, which altered the design to accommodate a new public viewing area.

Client: Tallawoladah Pty Ltd

Architect: Johnson Pilton Walker

Builder: Buildcorp

Value: $32M

Completion: 2018

Sector: Commercial/Industrial, Retail

Services: Heritage, Timber, Structural, Civil, Façade