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I just love the idea of rescuing a building and bringing it back to its former life and glory. It’s got a lot of history to it – 1880 – there’s not many buildings like this in Brisbane and Frasers did a fantastic job to bring this back to life.
Iconic Yungaba House at Kangaroo Point was lovingly restored and developed by Hutchinson Builders for Frasers Property Australia. The 130 year old building holds deep historical value, beginning its life as the original State Immigration Centre, and Hutchies was honoured to be a part of its preservation and transformation.
Undertaking restoration works on a building aged over 130 years old presented a number of construction challenges. These included extensive structural repairs, alterations, and strengthening works to the existing structure, which all required careful planning, sequencing, and procurement in confined areas of access. The roofing was completely replaced with meticulous attention paid to maintaining the heritage characteristics of the building.
We also completed a full restoration and upgrade of the existing sash windows and joinery, including all pest affected areas. All windows were replaced with specialised acoustic glass, together with high-end door seals and window seals.
The restoration required the removal of beads and sashes, which had to be individually catalogued and labelled. On refitting, each window was balanced and re-weighted with extra lead as needed to ensure smooth operation.
Hutchies brought in a team of specialist trades from Tasmania to restore 135 windows, replacing 400 pieces of glass in total. Fire and acoustic provisions within the building structure were integral in the design of the new apartments.
Yungaba has a special association with a wide variety of communities and cultural groups for social and cultural reasons. It has been used to accommodate generations of immigrants, to welcome soldiers and their dependents on their return from three major conflicts, it has housed South Sea Islanders awaiting repatriation to their home islands under Commonwealth legislation, and it is closely associated with the construction of the Story Bridge, one of Brisbane's landmarks. Its listing as the first building to be protected under the Cultural Record (Landscapes Queensland and Queensland Estate) Act 1987 demonstrates is strong community value within the city of Brisbane.
2017 QMBA Awards Brisbane Refurbishment/Renovation over $2M
2017 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards Queensland Residential Construction $5M-$25M
It’s been an immigration centre, a refuge for destitute soldiers, construction worker accommodation, a design studio and a hospital. By respecting and retaining the building’s history, the development team will preserve this important landmark for future generations.
The judges were impressed by the uniqueness of the heritage offering, the obvious attention to the restoration detail, and the way the building anchored and activated the whole Yungaba project.