Newcastle TAFE heritage stonework restoration underway

The NSW Government will restore two historic landmark buildings at TAFE NSW’s Hunter Street campus, in Newcastle, to their former glory.

The stonework conservation program at the heritage-listed Newcastle Technical College and Trades Hall buildings is jointly funded by the Minister for Finance, Services and Property’s Stonework Program and TAFE NSW.

The external works will include the replacement of deteriorated sandstone, repainting of external timber joinery and windows, restoration of the facade’s terracotta tile panels, and the repointing of stone mortar joints.

Brett Newman, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance, Service and Innovation’s (DFSI’s) Property and Advisory Group, which provides heritage advisory services for the Minister’s Stonework Program, said skilled government stonemasons, and specialist contractors, would repair and refurbish the buildings which were constructed between 1894 and 1896.

“Heritage buildings like the former Newcastle Technical College and Trades Hall are among our most cherished heritage treasures and should be preserved for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Newman said.

“The Minister’s Stonework Program is testament to the Government’s commitment to not only safeguarding the state’s oldest sandstone buildings but also preserving the specialist skills and expertise required to perform intricate maintenance work.

“The dedicated team of stonemasons from the Government’s Heritage Stoneworks department have the skill to craft ancient stone using traditional and modern methods.”

TAFE NSW General Manager Property and Logistics, Gwendy Arnot, said: “The Minister’s Stonework Program will maintain the heritage value of TAFE NSW buildings and will ensure that students continue to have access to modern learning environments in inspiring surroundings.”

Stone will only be replaced where structural integrity has been lost and replacement stones will match the size, shape, colour and texture of the original material. Sandstone harvested from a Pyrmont redevelopment site in Sydney will be used in the Newcastle TAFE project.

Conservation work started in March and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.


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Editor’s notes: Video footage of sandstone harvesting at Pyrmont may be downloaded here . Sandstone from this site will be used for the Newcastle TAFE restoration project.

Supplied historical image accreditation: Image supplied courtesy of the Newcastle Region Library.

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