Two projects delivered by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation were recognised at the 2021 National Trust Heritage Awards.
LAHC's window restoration program on the Greenway high-rise complex in Milsons Point, Sydney, won the top award in the 'Conservation: Built Heritage' category. Our work to conserve and upgrade heritage listed terraces in Surry Hills, Sydney, also received a 'Highly Commended' in the same category.
Greenway window conservation and upgrade project
The iconic Greenway building at Milsons Point received a $7.4 million upgrade of its 1,350 original steel-framed windows.
Under the guidance of the Upgrade and Programmed Works (UPW) team at LAHC, and consultant heritage architects, OCP Architects, the ‘Burra Charter’ philosophy of conservation was applied in the repair of the windows and their hardware.
The works included removing lead paint, rust treatment, repainting, re-glazing, and the re-creation of missing or damaged brass hardware, as well as the installation of functional and visually sympathetic brass safety restrictors. The properties remained occupied while the works were completed.
Images: Windows in the Greenway building after restoration (left) and before (centre and right).
The works also reflect a more sustainable approach to building maintenance, emphasising the repair of existing quality historic fabric over replacement with dissimilar and inferior materials. The great teamwork of LAHC staff, Rapid Constructions Pty Ltd, OCP Architects, and St George Community Housing ensured the success of the project.
Greenway was constructed between 1948–1954, and contains 309 apartments in four blocks, ranging from four to 12 storeys. The steel windows are one of the most distinctive design features of Greenway and reflect the international influences on NSW public housing architecture during the post-war period.