Victoria Cottage, brought back to life by HAA, has been awarded the 2019 Marrickville Medal for Conservation. Part of the Inner West Council Built Environment Awards, this prestigious award is in its 25th year. It is awarded to a heritage or conservation project completed within the boundaries of the council over the past three years.

The cottage was an uninhabitable wreck located in a conservation area when first presented to HAA. The citation from the judges observed that the project demonstrated a

 “strong grasp of conservation principles…and a very strong conservation ethic….nicely scaled & knitted cleverly into the old building, highlighting historic fabric where possible.”

Teamwork

The success of the project was largely due to some great team work and relationships. Project architect, Brianna Jessup, in close association with Hector Abrahams, oversaw the design, documentation, approval and construction processes. The building team from Gartner Rose threw their hearts into the project, and worked closely with their sub-contractors to produce high standards while still meeting budget and deadlines. Through it all, our clients were patient, trusting and committed to achieving their dream home.

Hector and Brianna were joined at the awards ceremony by Daniel Rose from Gartner Rose. Unfortunately, the delighted clients were unable to be present. They receive a magnificent bronze plaque to display.

The work saw the addition of a rear wing faced in ripple iron containing a master bedroom wing, bathrooms and a kitchen, a new slate roof and the complete restoration of the original cottage.

Photo of completed work © Simon Anders/Images for Business