CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN, HERITAGE ADVICE AND CONSERVATION WORKS
1998 – 2009
With frontages to both George and York Streets, the former Nock and Kirby building is significant for its long association with retail in the city since 1860s. The building consisted of an amalgamation of 3 buildings, with a new facade designed by Ross and Rowe being added to George Street in 1927. This façade and awning is significant for its rare and distinctive Beaux-Arts style and retains strong associations with Nock & Kirby.
Design 5 – Architects were first engaged by the client in 1998 to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for the building to guide the building’s future reuse and to identify where and how appropriate additions may be made. Alan Croker, of Design 5, was a jury member in a Design Excellence limited competition for a new development which proposed interpreting the former retail store in the design of a modern office building and retention of the George Street façade.
Design 5 has been closely involved in the documentation and execution of the George Street façade, as well as providing heritage advice regarding the design of new work, and providing design input into the implementation of the Interpretation Strategy, which is intrinsic to the overall design approach.