Old Parliament House, Canberra
Heritage Impact Assessments
Old Parliament House is an important feature in the Parliamentary Triangle and the political landscape in Canberra. Home to the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD), the building and curtilage is of Commonwealth and National heritage significance and as such falls under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Since the early 2000s, GML has provided heritage advice and EPBC Act compliant documents for projects and works at Old Parliament House. Projects have included the Heritage Assessment of original fabric (the significant components of the 1927 construction), strategic and progressive business case advice, and impact assessments of proposed building works.
GML has produced user-friendly documents that guide the heritage management of the significant place but also allow the building to function as a successful and vibrant public museum. The iterative heritage advice has allowed MoAD to continue to grow and remain relevant to new audiences while respecting and actively conserving the significant heritage values of this important Australian icon.
GML continues to provide heritage advice early in project development stages, and heritage impact assessment advice to ensure compliance with the EPBC Act, the HMP and the internal approvals process. Projects in which we have worked closely with MoAD and their teams have included the House of Representatives Undercroft redevelopment project, the assessment of the historic lifts, ABC Studios, and the Democracy DNA exhibition within the Library and adjacent offices.