One of the grandest surviving buildings in Australia, the 19th century Sydney Town Hall is a great example of the Victorian/Beaux-Arts. It is also thought to be the only non-religious city building to retain its original function and interiors since it was built more than 130 years ago. The building is listed on the NSW heritage register.
The Grand Staircase was constructed between 1869 and 1875 as part of the original Town Hall.
The Grand Staircase has extensive peeling paint, suspended acrylic paint had peeled back in multiple large sheets, and plaster mouldings were covered by suspected enamel paint. The original ceiling appeared to be in good condition overall, although mouldings around the central lift well had dropped.
There were plenty of hiccups on this job! A major issue was the discovery of puddles and an active leak due to heavy rainfall in May 2022. After the leak was resolved, ICS undertook moisture monitoring and ran a dehumidifier in the space to assist with drying, consolidating and adhering detached elements.
Another wall was also affected by slow moisture movement and salt migration, manifesting as areas of ‘puffing’ and likely caused by a historical leak. Further actions were taken to allow for better moisture movement in the substrate.
The grand staircase is vibrant again with its original decorative finishes, conserved for future generations to enjoy the elaborate interiors, fine design and high level craftsmanship of this important heritage listed building.
Almost a century old, the solid jarrah doors welcoming visitors into Canberra's Old Parliament House are an integral part of not only the building but national heritage, bearing witness to evolving eras of politics and being the physical backdrop of iconic moments in Australian history. Designed in 1924 by Commonwealth Chief Architect John Smith Murdoch, the doors were in place...
Overview ICS was engaged by AMP Capital Investors to carry out a condition inspection and provide options for the conservation of the Hinchcliff Wool Store Sheep. This resulted in ICS managing the replication, gilding and installation of the sheep back...