GML Architects at Work
Shell House, Sydney
Our architects and built heritage experts collaborate with developers, architects, planners and designers with advice that inspires and informs design development.
Designing in a heritage context requires sensitivity and a considered approach to the meaning and significance of places. Our experienced architects and built heritage experts have had a hand in conserving and celebrating many places and spaces.
Nominated Architect – Catherine Forbes GML Heritage Principal and Nominated Registered Architect (no 5861), has over 25 years’ experience in heritage conservation. Catherine has excellent knowledge of traditional construction materials and technologies, complemented by lengthy experience of issues associated with their conservation and management. She has carried out conservation works to many historic buildings; created adaptive re-use solutions; designed sympathetic alterations and additions to existing buildings; and designed new buildings for historic contexts.
Revitalising Sydney’s commercial buildings—Catherine Macarthur, a registered architect, has provided heritage advice to owners, developers and builders on several commercial buildings around the Sydney CBD, including Shell House and Lisgar House overlooking Wynyard Park, and Beneficial House at 285 George Street (all associated with the State Significant Wynyard Place development). She has also prepared a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) and provided heritage advice for the future redevelopment of the State significant Munn Street Stores complex in Millers Point in context of the evolving Barangaroo Concept Plan. She recently also provided heritage input to an international architectural bid for redevelopment of the David Jones Market Street store. Understanding the significant heritage values of the properties, whilst negotiating the complexities of introducing contemporary design work, Catherine has given strategic, practical and technical guidance to the developer, design and construction teams on conservation issues arising from the concept design and consent / application stages of these projects, as well as on site. Another recently completed project in Canberra involved onsite heritage inspections and advice to ensure the integrity of Duntroon House was maintained during a program or external conservation works.
Celebrating Seidler buildings—GML has delivered heritage advice on a broad range of buildings designed by Harry Seidler, one of Australia’s most notable modern architects. Jyoti Somerville is an expert on modern architecture and, living in a Seidler house herself, is a specialist in buildings designed by Harry Seidler. She has been invited to provide advice on a wide range of issues including new work to the buildings, maintenance, repairs and interpretation.
Improving accessibility to the rail network—Transport for NSW’s Transport Access Program is an initiative to improve the experience of public transport customers by delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure. Don Wallace and the GML team have been working closely with Sydney Trains’ design team to conserve the historic character of the Petersham and Wahroonga Stations and to ensure station precincts are accessible to those with a disability, limited mobility, luggage or prams.
Adaptive re-use at the new Marrickville Library—Anna Simaowsky, a registered architect, provided heritage advice to Mirvac for the new Marrickville Library and Community Hub. The Library is a refurbishment of the former Marrickville Hospital building. Anna visited the site regularly and assisted with advice regarding repairs to the historic finishes, including pressed metal ceilings, wall and floor tiling and timber joinery. In the early phases of the project, GML advised both Marrickville Council (now Inner West Council) and BVN Architects on the conservation of the heritage buildings and their cultural heritage values, supporting their adaptive re-use as part of the redevelopment. The community and media have warmly responded to this new and revitalised public asset.