Heritage Impact Statement
Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd
City of Sydney
Shell House demonstrates how heritage is an asset in the revitalisation of places.
Shell House is a locally significant building constructed in 1937–1938 originally designed as the headquarters of the Shell Oil Company. 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. This striking feature is now a central focus for the new hospitality venue on the rooftop, a great example of heritage adding appeal and value to places.
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 heritage advice throughout the project.
Shell House forms part of the newly developed Brookfield Place in Sydney, revitalising the transport hub at Wynyard with the addition of office and retail space and greater connectivity.
Shell House was awarded Joint Winner, Built Heritage Conservation at the National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards 2021.