Shell House Wins National Trust (NSW) Heritage Award 2021!

Shell House, part of Brookfield Place, Sydney, has been awarded joint Winner, Built Heritage Conservation at the National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards 2021.

We are thrilled to be part of the team to deliver this project.

Shell House is a locally significant building constructed in 1937–1938. Originally designed as the headquarters of the Shell Oil Company, it reflects the development of central Sydney as a business district and the growing importance of petroleum to Australia. Its later incorporation into the neighbouring Menzies Hotel reflects the growing importance of tourism and hospitality to Sydney. The form of this elegant building is enhanced by the conserved large clock tower and its original glazed terracotta-tile façade. Inter-War Commercial Palazzo buildings are now rare in Sydney, especially ones with terracotta faced external walls.

Shell House forms part of the newly developed Brookfield Place, revitalising the transport hub at Wynyard with the addition of office and retail space and greater connectivity.

The conservation of Shell House was a collaborative effort involving significant commitment from Brookfield, Brookfield Properties and Multiplex to achieve a high level of conservation of the building.  GML Heritage initiated the overall scope of works and provided high level conservation advice throughout the project.

Congratulations to all involved!