Port Arthur Penitentiary Conservation Project


Delivery Method MC


One of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations, the iconic, world-heritage listed site was established in the 1830’s as a penal settlement and remains a physical chronicle of a dramatic part of Australia’s history. Developing construction methodologies that were sympathetic to the sensitive heritage structure, while ensuring the ongoing precinct operations, were key factors in securing this challenging project. Works primarily involved replacing the existing timber support structure and visitor walkways with structural steel elements and the installation of vertical Cintec dowells to pin and support the perimeter walls of the main penitentiary. Various other footing, masonry and stone cornice conservation works were undertaken, contributing to the industry-recognised successful outcome.

2015 AIB Professional Excellence in Building State Award
2015 AIB Professional Excellence in Building National Award
2015 UNESCO Asia - Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation