Adelaide Railway Station Façade and Ramp Restoration | Stallard Meek Flightpath Architects

Adelaide Railway Station Façade and Ramp Restoration | Stallard Meek Flightpath Architects | Photographer: Trim Photography

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Adelaide Railway Station Façade and Ramp Restoration | Stallard Meek Flightpath Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Traditional Country of the Kaurna people
Year
2023
Chapter

South Australia

Category
Heritage
Builder
Built
Photographer
Josh Geelen
Richard Humphrys Photography
SMFA staff
Trim Photography
Project summary

The restoration of the Adelaide Railway Station Façade and Ramp Project prompts a newfound cultural and social connection to the heritage building in the heart of Adelaide and establishing the character of North Terrace.

The extensive repair work undertaken to the Adelaide Railway Station includes addressing historic damage, giving the building a new lease of life, and restoring its heritage value. The Adelaide Railway Station Restoration Project incorporates architectural features that reflect the simple and clean lines of the Free Classical – Beaux-Arts style in which the station was built. The installation of Architectural lighting inside and outside of the station enhances the night-time presence whilst increasing the grand dimensions and striking geometric details.

The revitalised Adelaide Railway Station prompts a newfound connection to the historic building and culturally benefiting the public realm street scale of not only North Terrace, but the City of Adelaide for generations to come.

2023
South Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Heritage
South Australia Jury Citation

Designed by the well-known architects Garlick and Jackman, the Adelaide Railway Station was constructed in 1924. It is the largest example of a building designed in the Free Classical – Beaux-Arts style in South Australia and is a well-recognised landmark along North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural boulevard. The building is significant as it was part of the major upgrades to the railway system undertaken in the 1920s.

The architects began their work on this site carrying out the dilapidation study, followed by their appointment as project architects for the restoration of the building. The scope included cleaning, repairing significant deteriorated external elements – including repointing where necessary – and the upgrading of the main ramp down from North Terrace. The conservation and restoration works in this space have seen it returned more closely to its original form, with the addition of new lighting to highlight the feature ceilings and walls.

Externally the building has also received a lighting makeover with significant LED lighting bringing the building to life at night. This project exemplifies the Burra Charter principle of doing as much as necessary, but as little as possible. The Railway Station Building now looks like it always should have.

The complex heritage façade restoration and upper Station ramp works was a project of high importance to Renewal SA due to the buildings strong cultural, historical, and social significance to the South Australian public.

The restoration project was a monumental effort to bring the station back to its former glory and preserve its rich heritage for generations to come, all whilst ensuring the 230,000-weekly train-goers’ commute was uninterrupted.

Project Practice Team

Laura Bamford, Graduate of Architecture
Matthew Rundell, Associate Director

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Firefly Point of View, Lighting Consultant
HSR Aust Group (Heritage Stone Restoration Aust Group), Specialist Conservation Contractor
Innovis Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
RPS, Project Manager
SKS Technologies, Specialist Lighting / Electrical Contractor

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