It’s been a big year at GML, with an expanded team, new senior staff and several award-winning projects.
Our talented consultants promoted heritage conservation as part of livability and contemporary urbanism. We reimagined and reinvigorated places through history and heritage connected to community values. Along with our great projects, throughout 2017 GML staff have played key roles in industry forums and speaking events in Australia and internationally.
Merger with Context
GML and Context, Melbourne, formally merged in October 2017. We are delighted to have Vanessa Walker and Annabel Neylon leading the team. In the new year, GML and Context will get started on a cultural values assessment for the Yarra River, and a cultural landscape management plan for the World Heritage inscribed convict site Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA), Norfolk Island.
With Context we share a commitment to providing heritage advice and services founded on bold thinking, intellectual rigour, industry best practice and effective community engagement.
Our team was thrilled to receive the following awards in 2017:
- –Champion of Change—Female Leadership Award, Consult Australia Awards for Excellence 2017 for Sharon Veale.
- –Education and Interpretation category, National Trust Heritage Award (NSW) 2017 for Alchemy: The Lustre of Hill End at the Hill End Heritage Centre.
- –Significant Contribution to ACT Heritage, National Trust Heritage Award (ACT) 2017 for Giralang Primary School Conservation Management Plan.
We were also nominees for the Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards in the ACT and NSW for the Harbour Mill apartments and the Florey Building at the Australian National University (formerly the John Curtin School of Medical Research).
We were also pleased to be associated with the following award-winning projects:
- –Hyde Park Pool of Reflection upgrade won the Cultural Heritage category at the 2017 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards. GML provided heritage advice and navigated the approvals process for the upgrade.
- –The Goods Line’s most recent win was the National Award for Urban Design at the 2017 National Architecture Awards. GML identified the concepts for heritage interpretation, prepared the text and selected the imagery that is part of the experience and story of The Goods Line.
- –The Parramatta Park Dairy Precinct was awarded a commendation at the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards ‘Installation Design’ category. GML undertook interpretation planning for the site.
- –EY Centre at 200 George Street’s most recent win was the Commercial Architecture award at the National Architecture Awards. GML provided a full suite of archaeological and heritage advice to this project.
Events and Sponsorships
The story of Modernism as a part of our design history captured our imagination. In Sydney and Canberra, we helped get the word out about the state of our heritage, as well as supporting archaeological research. Here’s some highlights for the year:
- –Over martinis and canapes, we launched The Other Moderns—appropriately, in our Harry Seidler-designed building which we share with the Australia Council and others.
- –We sponsored Sydney Open once again, which saw over 6000 people visit more than 45 of the city’s most interesting buildings.
- –In Canberra, we supported Rebecca Hawcroft’s talk about The Other Moderns at Canberra Modern.
- –We provided pro bono heritage advice for the installation of Anri Sala’s evocative Last Resort at the Observatory Hill Rotunda.
- –We hosted presentations by Richard Mackay, AM, the lead author of the heritage chapter of the State of the Environment, in Sydney and as part of Australia ICOMOS’s AGM at Old Parliament House in Canberra.
- –Sharon Veale spoke at international symposia in Korea, Taipei and San Antonio about heritage and interpretation issues.
- –Tim Owen presented at the AAA Conference and Rachel Jackson addressed the Property Council of Australia on community engagement from a heritage perspective.
We were honoured to work with our clients on a range of interesting, challenging and engaging projects to discover, conserve and interpret our heritage.
- –Archaeological works at Arthur Phillip High School, Parramatta, captured the attention of the TV crews, with an interview and a site tour by GML’s Abi Cryerhall and Tim Owen.
- –More digging at Spring Street in Melbourne.
- –Successful Conservation Management Plans were delivered for iconic Sydney sites including The Mint, First Government House, and The Observatory.
- –More from Canberra, including the first Conservation Management Plan for Giralang Primary School for ACT Education and a Conservation Management Plan for the Canberra Brickworks Precinct.
- –Heritage Management Plans were delivered for significant sites such as Australia House, London, and the Ambassador’s Residence, Washington, for DFAT (draft stage); the High Court and National Gallery of Australia Precinct for the National Capital Authority; and a range of Department of Finance sites (currently underway).
Excavation Director Abi Cryerhall leads a tour of the Arthur Phillip High School site. The sandstone footings in the foreground are of the western wing of the Parramatta Convict Barracks, built in 1820.
Thanks for your support and interest throughout 2017.
We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2018, starting with the launch of our new website. Stay tuned!