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Industrial Heritage Adaptive Reuse Case Studies
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Industrial Heritage Adaptive Reuse Case Studies

What are the opportunities in our industrial heritage? How can reusing these fascinating places and spaces help reinvigorate our cities, towns and landscapes? What roles might they play in twenty-first century Victoria?

The Heritage Council of Victoria presents 12 case studies and an issues paper to challenge and inspire us to make better use of the state’s industrial heritage. The case studies and issues paper were prepared for the Heritage Council by Justine Clark in 2013.

The issues paper, Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage: Opportunities & Challenges (PDF 1.1 MB) or (Word 182 KB) is available to download.

Bass Coast Rail Trail

Bass Coast Shire, Gippsland, VIC
The Bass Coast Rail Trail is one of a series of rail trails that reuse defunct railway corridors as linear recreational parks.

The Boatbuilders Yard

Cargo Shed 4, South Wharf Maritime Precinct, Vic

The Boatbuilders Yard is a cafe and restaurant housed in Cargo Shed 4 in the South Wharf Maritime Precinct in Melbourne.


Former Eveleigh Carriage Workshops. 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW

Carriageworks is a contemporary performing arts centre for theatre, experimental dance and acrobatic theatre housed in the former Eveleigh Carriage Workshops, adjacent to Sydney’s main rail corridor.

Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, NSW
The largest island in Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island has a long and complex history, including use as an Indigenous fishing base, a penal establishment, a reform school and shipbuilding yards.

Flourmill Studios

1–3 Gladstone Street, Newtown, NSW
Flourmill Studios is a commercial development of 47 strata studios, with shared spaces and a cafe, housed in the nineteenth-century Crago Flour Mill in Newtown, Sydney. The flour mill is adjacent to the railway line and close to the station in an area with a substantial industrial history.

Canberra Glassworks

Former Kingston Power House, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT
Canberra Glassworks provides facilities for glass artists to produce high-quality, commissioned glass art and exhibition work within the former Kingston Power House. The glassworks is entirely housed within the existing building, the fabric of which is left ‘as found’, without refurbishment or renovation.

New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead

Suburbs fronting the Brisbane River north-east of the CBD, Brisbane, QLD
The Brisbane suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead have been undergoing continual urban regeneration since 1991 when the Urban Renewal Taskforce was established to revitalize approximately 730 hectares of former industrial land in these and neighbouring suburbs.

Banbury Village

Former Olympic Tyre Factory, Cross Street, Footscray, Vic
Banbury Village is a large residential development of 55 apartments and townhouses on the site of the Olympic Tyre Factory in Footscray. It is named after the banbury machines, which were important in tyre production, and are now included as artefacts in the new Beaurepaire Park, located in the middle of the site.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Cnr Oxford Street and Oatley Road, Paddington, NSW
Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a striking new urban park that makes a ruined former reservoir available for the public to enjoy and explore.

River Studios

41–59 Sims Street, West Melbourne, Vic.
River Studios provides 62 studios, housing 80 artists, in a large warehouse on the edge of the Maribyrnong River in West Melbourne.

1 Fennell Street

1 Fennell Street, Fishermens Bend, Port Melbourne, Vic.
This commercial redevelopment of the former Red Tulip Easter egg factory in Port Melbourne accommodates nine tenancies across a range of sizes, with Globe International as the anchor tenant.

School of Architecture and Design

University of Tasmania, Inveresk Railyards, Launceston, Tasmania
The University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design is housed in a 1950s diesel workshop at the Inveresk Railyards in Launceston.

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