ADAPTIVE REUSE AND CONSERVATION
2005 – 2021
Parliament Square comprises a complete city block. The redevelopment project included alterations and additions to Parliament House in conjunction with a new commercial building at Salamanca Place designed by fjcstudio, and major alterations and additions to the remainder of the site as the Tasman hotel.
The hotel was established through the adaptive reuse of a historically significant suite of buildings – including St Mary’s Hospital (1848 hospital for paupers), 1862 Government Printers Office, 1920 Hydro Electric Department and 1939 Art Deco building – into a 152-room luxury hotel, including cocktail bar, two restaurants, underground parking, retail and public plaza.
Works included structural remediation, conservation of original building fabric, upgrading building elements for fire safety, access, acoustics, inserting services, and fitting out spaces to accommodate a luxury hotel – whilst retaining and featuring the buildings’ unique qualities. The interior of the site was also opened up and reactivated with a public plaza.
The redevelopment celebrates the success of sensitively and creatively integrating contemporary and modern amenities within a complex series of heritage listed buildings. Many of the original quirks and unique features are retained, enriching the experience for guests, staff and visitors and adding another layer to the site’s ongoing history.
Design 5 – Architects were engaged as conservation architects, working in collaboration with project architects fjcstudio and developer Citta Property Group.