BSPN Architecture, together with Somerville House, have brought Fewings Building back to its position as the ‘heritage heart’ of the school.
With this reinvention came a commitment to honour the building’s 1920 heritage, restored to its former grandeur with characteristic brick and lintel, re-establishing character features whilst introducing new elements that respect and celebrate the building’s traditional fabric.
BSPN began with a thorough understanding of the structural constraints of a double-brick 100-year-old building and how we could best repurpose it to meet Somerville House’s growing demands and desire to revitalise the historic quadrangle on campus.
The original verandas that had been closed in were opened back up and extended, restoring its vibrant Queenslander vernacular to capture prevailing breezes. Existing 100-year-old timber bracing walls exposed during construction were sustainably repurposed into joinery and timber seating throughout the project, and the original timber flooring and existing staircase were restored.
Cara Phillips, Project Director – Architect
Sophie Briggs, Graduate of Architecture
Walid Sfeir, Project Architect
Ashley Cooper Construction, Construction Manager
Bartley Burns, Certifier
Blades Project Management, Project Manager
Cardno, Hydraulic Consultant
Cardno, Structural Engineer
Fire Engineers Australia, Fire Engineer
InDesign Access, Access Consultant
Stantec, Electrical Consultant
Trinity Consultants, Acoustic Consultant