The robust character of the historic building, within the heritage precinct of Bathurst, demanded a confident yet sensitive response. The usual notion of replica wrought iron and detailed timber posts would lead to another generation of maintenance until the building next fell into disrepair.
We decided to apply our usual philosophy, literally at our own doorstep and so we investigated ‘off the shelf’, standard building technology and materials and interpreted it in creative ways with due reference to the traditional forms revealed through research. Galvanised steel posts with ‘collars’ formed from the next standard cross section are bolted and coupled with bracing brackets and infilled with ‘balustmesh’ cut for efficient use of standard sheets.
The result, awarded by the National Trust, displays a modern response complimenting a traditional asset.
High Commendation | National Trust Bathurst Region