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Relationships, history and context: Bathurst Rail Museum adaptive reuse project – Member Lean In session

30 Jun 2020 at 12:00 pm AEST

In this session, we hear from Tony McBurney of Integrated Design Group.

A regionally founded practice, Integrated Design Group prioritises sensitivity to context in their projects. To this end, the practice deliberately steps beyond its own comfort zone, including pro-bono work in East Africa and South East Asia. ‘We don’t just take our preconceptions to other cultures, but we explore, search and listen to understand the perceptions that stakeholders bring to their projects, allowing those to primarily inform the work’. Heritage, purpose and meaning bring rigour and vigour to the work of Integrated Design Group.

This year, the practice completed an exemplary adaptive reuse project Bathurst Rail Museum for the Bathurst City Council. This outstanding project transformed the historic Railway Institute building into a space to play, learn and explore. It was also featured in the Institute NSW Chapter’s Regional Showcase program.

The new Rail Museum, the most recent addition to Museums Bathurst has become a critical exhibition of the cultural heritage of Australia’s Oldest Inland Settlement, and particularly the epoch of rail as it opened the frontiers of NSW. An old Rail Institute Building that grew a Prime Minister is now a prime artefact in the exhibition of a community and culture – well beyond a building to store a very large train set!

Tony’s career began in public service and progressed through private industry for corporate, private and institutional clients. Government agencies continue to regularly call on Tony’s contribution in expert teams of change-makers. With a passion to help rural communities find good ways into a diversified future, he moved to Bathurst in regional NSW with his wife Sarah in 1996.

He believes the principles that founded strong communities can be interpreted and transitioned toward capitalising these strengths for a future that builds on local character in the process of growth.  Tony has provided insights in urban design and built form – issues that are very important to regional towns and villages.

Lean In sessions

Lean In sessions are an opportunity to bring our community together and share experiences during this challenging time.

Bring a sandwich or a cuppa and join the conversation. Open to the first 300 participants. 


30 Jun 2020
12:00 pm AEST
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