The ceiling stabilisation and conservation project at Fitzroy Town Hall includes the repair of 24 ceilings of varying scale and complexity. Three primary stabilisation methods were employed in the conservation of the ceilings, each method specially developed to address the specific materials and original construction techniques. Restoration of appropriate paint schemes using detailed paint sample analysis has revitalised the Main Hall whilst managing budget constraints.
The structural remediation of the main hall trusses was carefully planned and designed to avoid further movement in the roof and ceiling structure, and for the difficult installation processes.
Addressing the mould affected papered ceiling in the Council Chamber was challenging, to accept the loss of approximately 50% of the ceiling. The conservation of the remaining decoratively painted paper ceiling is an honest approach that respects the retained original fabric, whilst integrating clearly identifiably new fabric using traditional materials and techniques.
Cara Banks, Graduate of Architecture
Dan Blake, Project Architect
Fabiola Solari, Graduate of Architecture
Harrison Jess, Project Architect
Ned McDonald, Graduate of Architecture
International Conservation Services, Materials Conservator
Melbourne Quantity Surveyors, Quantity Surveyor
Robert Bird Group, Structural Engineer