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research based studio that aims to enrich

MELBOURNE OFFICE: 706 / 365 Little Collins Street,

lives. By developing creative design

partnerships, our portfolio - spanning public

+61 3 8676 0427


Level 3, 4 Glen Street,

Milsons Point NSW 2061

and private sectors - exhibits an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRSARCHITECTURE global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture,

NBRS & Partners Pty Ltd

Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 2 9922 2344


16 002 247 565



Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise.


BArch, Chartered Architect, FRAIA [Nominated Arch. Reg. 3766]

Rod Drayton:

BSc (Arch), BArch, RAIA

Andrew Duffin:

B.Arch, ARAIA Architect [Nominated Arch. Reg. 5602]

Garry Hoddinett:

BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), Architect [Nominated Arch. Reg. 5286]

Andrew Leuchars:

B LArch, Landscape Architect

James Ward:

B Des, M Bus, Member Design Institute of Australia


BArch, MBEnv, DipCons (York), FRAIA

Brett Sherson:

B Arch, Dip Arch Tech, Cert PM, Architect B Arch (Hons), Architect

Trevor Eveleigh:

Assoc Dip Applied Science Health & Building Grad Dip Building Surveying & Assessment. Master Fire Engineering Accredited Green Star (ABGR)

Andrew Tripet:

B Arch (Hons)


BArch, Architect

Barry Flack:

BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), Architect

ASSOCIATES: Hung-Ying Foong Gill:

B Arch, Dip PM

Paul Hayes:

B Arch (Hons), RAIA, Grad Cert Bus, Prac Arch

Derek Mah:

B Arch

Samantha Polkinghorne:

B Arch, M. Cult Her, MICOMOS

Jon West:

B Arch


CREATING LIFE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS. NBRSARCHITECTURE strives to create life changing environments - we design spaces for people. We believe that architecture can be more than a manipulation of concrete, wood, steel and glass - it is a social art. Our aim is to create environments that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Transformative environments require not only a people-focused approach, but a strong commitment to excellence in design. As a design practice we want to be at the forefront of innovation in the development of spaces that encourage holistic wellbeing and life efficiency. In order to ensure the relevance of the spaces we design, we conduct research into current and projected trends in the way people live and interact with the built environment.


Design by SHED Architects


NBRS HERITAGE. Heritage Conservation involves all the processes for dealing with places of heritage value to retain their cultural significance for present & future generations. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE has been involved in built heritage conservation activities relating to architecture for more than 30 years. Our highly trained group of accredited specialist professionals with related architectural qualifications can provide the full range of heritage consulting services. Under the direction of Robert Staas, B. Arch., M. B. Env., Dip Cons (York), F.R.A.I.A., a studio of 5 senior heritage consultants and an historian provide professional heritage services for a variety of clients who are owners and managers of important heritage significant sites throughout NSW and further afield in a range of heritage conservation activities. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE adopts the principles of the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter for places of Cultural Significance and the Guidelines of the NSW Heritage Office to assist clients and their consultants in heritage planning and management. The professional services that NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE offer in the field of Heritage Conservation include: • Heritage Planning and Development Advice • Government Controls Advice • Built Heritage Assessment • Heritage Site & Curtilage Assessment • Conservation Management Plans • Statements of Heritage Impact • Building Conservation and Restoration Works • Adaptive Re-Use and Rehabilitation • Heritage Asset Management and Maintenance Works • Due Diligence Reports • Documentary Research and Compilation • Archival Recording and Building Documentation • Heritage Interpretation Planning and Implementation • Expert Heritage Evidence in Litigation • Co-ordination of other specialist consultants The range of our clients and the variety of the projects in which we have successfully been involved over many years are testimony to the credibility of our professional opinions and the quality of our work in the field of Heritage Conservation 6





HERITAGE CONSERVATION. “Conservation” is identified in the Burra Charter for places of cultural significance as being “all the processes of looking after a place so as to retain its cultural significance” This includes, maintenance, preservation, restoration, reconstruction & adaptation. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE provide professional skill in all of the identified processes of heritage conservation based on recognised principles adopted by government and as set out in the Burra Charter. The work of undertaking conservation for a significant site involves detailed research of background historical material, an understanding of historical processes and an ability to determine appropriate policies and documentation of works to achieve the desired outcome of caring for heritage properties and maintaining heritage significance. Working with government agencies, private clients, other consultants and clients, NBRSARCHITECTURE are recognised specialists in the field of Heritage Conservation

Erskine Street Terraces, Sydney Verandah, St Johns College, University of Sydney Facade Upgrade, The Astor, Sydney Institute Building, University of Sydney




HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. C ONSE RVAT ION PL A NNING Conservation Planning is an essential part of managing significant heritage sites particularly where infill development or change of use is proposed. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE provide planning advice to a variety of owners of heritage listed properties throughout Australia, but especially in New South Wales and the wider Sydney region. These consultancies are undertaken for government and private clients and involve heritage assessment under the Heritage Act, preparation of Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Curtilage Studies and Statements of Heritage Impact. In addition NBRSARCHITECTURE prepare Heritage Strategies for Government Departments, Public Consultation for large heritage sites and Due Diligence Assessments for Corporations. This expertise is often sought by other consultants to complement their activities and in this way NBRSARCHITECTURE engage in Creative Partnerships to promote appropriate heritage conservation outcomes

State Library of NSW, Sydney Former Grace Brothers, Broadway




ADAPTIVE RE-USE. Changing needs in society often result in pressure for changing uses and activities to be adopted for heritage structures to allow then to continue contributing to the surrounding environments. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE have been involved in many projects where the provision of creative advice based on sound heritage conservation principles has resulted in exciting new uses for important heritage items without the loss of intrinsic heritage significance. Adaptive re-use has allowed NBRSARCHITECTURE to respond to the identified heritage values of heritage items in a creative way to allow for their continued use and care while meeting the varied requirements of new owners and occupants.

Anderson Stuart Building, Facult of Medicine, USyd Home HQ North Sydney, Artarmon 1888 Hotel, 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont Sydney Mansion Apartments, Mark Foyes Warehouse


HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT INFILL DEVELOPMENT. Design in context is an essential part of urban development in towns and cities where existing heritage environments and heritage conservation areas are found. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE provide consultancy services to owners and other consultants on the design of sensitive new structures to fit within significant heritage environments. As each generation adds layers to the evolving character of historic places it is important that this results in an enhancement rather than a loss of heritage value. NBRSARCHITECTURE not only assist other designers in understanding the context of a place and achieving appropriate and sympathetic outcomes for infill design but through their own designs for historic sites respond to the historic context while providing exciting new buildings that meet their client’s needs and expectations. Infill design provides considerable scope for NBRSARCHITECTURE to engage in Creative Partnerships that result in life changing environments and retain heritage values for future generations.

Willoughby Uniting Church Our Lady’s Nurses of the Poor, , Mount Dudley Trelawney Street Townhouses, Woolahra




EXPERT HERITAGE ADVICE. Heritage conservation requires a detailed understanding of the use of traditional materials, building technologies and conservation principles to allow appropriate policies and actions to be recommended for significant heritage projects. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE have a considerable knowledge bank relating to historic buildings, materials and environments and work regularly with material scientists, traditional craftsmen and suppliers of specialised materials to achieve practical conservation outcomes. In addition the consultancy has research facilities and specialist historic investigation skills to assist with the provision of advice relating to the planning, documentation and physical work carried out in heritage conservation. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE are also recognised as providing expert evidence in the NSW Land & Environment Court in the field of heritage conservation to resolve disputes between parties and bring a clear assessment of projects for the consideration of the Court.




HERITAGE INTERPRETATION. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE are expert at the recording and documentation of heritage conservation projects. These processes involve the preparation of measured drawings, site histories, archival photographic recording and interpretive strategies. These processes are undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set down by the NSW Heritage Office and are often carried out in response to conditions of approval for development of heritage sites. Interpretive planning provides strategies for the presentation of material to interpret former history, uses and events associated with heritage sites is a specialized task that involves identifying target audiences and can involve a number of different media. NBRSARCHITECTURE have experience in the preparation of Interpretive strategies for a variety of projects and the integration of other specialist input in achieving successful and create installations. Photographic archival records are use to document heritage sites before and after development has occurred as a resource for future research and a point of reference for future heritage planning. NBRSARCHITECTURE HERITAGE have carried out many archival records for projects of varying scale to the satisfaction of the relevant consent authorities.

Bishopscourt, Darling Point City Ford Art Deco Building Home HQ North Sydney, Artarmon 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont




HERITAGE ADVISOR – ROBERT STAAS As required, Robert will provide all necessary Heritage advice for the development. He is a Heritage Consultant and Fellow of the Royal Australian Architects with more than 30 years experience in the identification and management of built heritage items of all types and periods. He is engaged by numerous local councils and government agencies to provide specialist advice.

KEY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Kambala School, Rose Bay Australian Catholic University University of Western Sydney University of Sydney North Sydney Council Mosman Council advisor

HERITAGE ARCHITECT – SAMANTHA POLKINGHORNE Samantha joined NBRSARCHITECTURE in 2016 with over eighteen years of professional experience in heritage conservation in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Samantha specialises in heritage assessment and documentation of convervation works, providing a range of reports related to the physical and documentary analysis of potential heritage sites at local and state level. As an architect Samantha has experiance in producing site advice and implementation for both local and stat listed properties.

KEY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Royal Society of Arts, London Worship Company of Innholders, London District Hospital, Teluk Intan, Malaysia Sydney Hospital, Sydney Marble Bar, Hilton Hotel, Sydney Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory, Warrington Primus Hotel, 339 Pitt St, Sydney St Johns, Oxford St, Paddington

HERITAGE ARCHITECT– PAMELA JEFFERY Pam brings to NBRSARCHITECTURE over twenty years experience as a registered architect. She specialises in heritage conservation, providing advice to public and private building owners on commonwealth, state and local statutory heritage obligations on a range of projects. Pam participates in a range of professional activities through membership of Australian Institute of Architecture and the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and is interested in sustainable heritage.


KEY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE St Stephen’s Uniting Church Macquarie Street Sydney Sandstone Façade Works Reserve Bank of Australia Refurbishment Works Bishopscourt Roof Replacement Works Pittwood House, Ashfield Refurbishment Works St Mark’s Anglican Church Spire Sandstone Conservation Works Blues Point Tower Façade Repairs Mt Dudley, Coogee NSW, Refurbishment

SENIOR HERITAGE CONSULTANT – BRAD VALE Brad is a built heritage consultant with 16 years experience in public service and private enterprise. He provides advice to guide the conservation and adaptation of structures with heritage significance. The scale of sites receiving such advice ranges from domestic alterations for the introduction of services, to major development at large and complex sites. Brad has a further 7 years experience in the design and documentation of residential and commercial buildings.

KEY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE 1888 Hotel, Pyrmont - Adaptive reuse Hobart GPO, Conservation works Rawson Street Trees, Conservation for Sutherland Council South Dural Heritage Assessment Hastings Deering Ford, Woolloomooloo Flemington Post Offic, Melbourne

SENIOR HERITAGE CONSULTANT - LYNETTE GURR Lynette is a qualified heritage consultant with a background in architecture, fine arts, history, archaeology and heritage. For more than fifteen years, Lynette has worked for architectural practices in Sydney and internationally, specialising in heritage. She joined NBRSARCHITECTURE in 2007 with extensive experience in the heritage management of built and landscape heritage of national, state and local significance.

KEY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Pemulwuy, The Block, Redfern Baker’s Oven, 121 George Street, The Rocks Former Zetland Tram Terminus, Elizabeth St Wesley Mission - Dalmar Infants’ Home Carlingford Charter Hall - Home HQ North Sydney, Frederick Street, Artarmon (former Willoughby Council Depot)

SENIOR HERITAGE CONSULTANT - DON WALLACE Don has practiced continually in conservation, adaptive reuse and heritage management of places of all levels of significance since 1995. Having first worked with the WA Building Management Authority, he assisted in the conservation and strategic planning for a number of public buildings including the heritage management, of the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison from 1995 to 2002. He was the project heritage consultant for the award-winning conservation and refurbishment of Perth Town Hall in 2005.

KEY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE The Astor Pty Ltd – The Astor, 123-125 Macquarie Street, Sydney Australian Federal Police – Australian Institute of Police Management Graincorp – NSW Grain Silos Holy Name Parish – Subdivision 35 Billyard Avenue, Wahroonga Meriton – 330 Church Street, Parramatta Private Client - Dubbo RAAF Stores


360° INTEGRATED TEAM 360° INTEGRATED TEAM As a multi-disciplinary design practice, we are able to work as one 360° integrated team, with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Graphic Design, Sustainability, Compliance, Strategy and Research. Our ‘One Team’ approach allows the best possible design outcome to be achieved, with seamless collaboration between our range of service studios throughout the design process. The resulting designs are cohesive and considered from all angles. This consolidation of specialists also allows for increased efficiency for the client in the management of the project team.

ARCHITECTURE Our creative team of architects work to produce award winning design solutions for each unique site and condition. With a commitment to cutting-edge design and a uniquely client focused approach, we work continually at achieving an outstanding aesthetic result that meets the functional needs of the end-users. We are committed to delivering innovative projects of all types and scale which can only be achieved through extensive client consultation, meeting the project objectives, having sound technical expertise and competent management.



ENVIRONMENTAL We are continually improving strategies for the implementation of ESD principles into all aspects of the design processes, designing buildings to maximise efficiency with the use the latest technologies and concepts.

Situated within a full-service firm, our team of architects is able to work closely in creative partnerships, considering all facets of a project from its earliest stages.

Our heritage studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptive-reuse design. We have experience in the identification and management of built heritage items of all types and periods and in design documentation and project administration of projects for both government and private sectors.



We provide consultancy services in BCA, Fire Safety and Access. Strategic advice is provided throughout the design process, with a focus on the seamless integration of design and functionality, to provide a complete package that meets the needs of the users and stands the test of time.

Our Interiors Studio is passionate about achieving a seamless connection between interior design and the whole architectural concept. We think deeply about how interior spaces are used and create innovative design solutions. Our Interior services include space planning, detailed fixture design and the selection of furnishings.

LANDSCAPE Landscape Architecture is an amalgam of art and science. As designers, Landscape Architects are required to be careful interpreters of the natural and cultural conditions of a site. Our Landscape Studio seeks to create attractive, meaningful, usable, connected and equitable spaces that embody sustainable design principles - Places that bring joy to users, and connections between and to the landscape.

VALUES SPACES FOR PEOPLE People are at the heart of our design approach. The well-designed built environment should come to life when it is in use; at it’s best when people are interacting with it. Spaces should be inspirational and responsive.

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS Our multi-disciplinary design practice has a one office approach, encouraging seamless collaboration between teams, to offer a holistic design approach. We are also committed to effective creative partnerships with our clients, in order to achieve the best possible design outcome for the client, end users and the wider community.

DESIGN EXCELLENCE URBAN DESIGN Our cross-disciplinary team is well equipped to design urban spaces. Paying careful attention to positive and negative spaces in the urban landscape and the juxtaposition of built form and open space. Our experience has provided an understanding of high volume pedestrian and vehicular movement.

Transformative environments require a strong commitment to excellence in design. Our agile design teams are continually challenged to make their designs work harder and smarter to deliver spaces that are excellent in function and aesthetic - spaces that people love to be in.



We engage in research to ensure the relevance of the spaces we design. We have authored several publications & hosted conferences in a wide array of sectors including education, health, worship, community spaces, the workplace and affordable habitats.

In order to ensure the relevance of the spaces we design, we conduct research into current and projected trends in the way people live and interact with the built environment. We are also passionate about equipping upcoming generations to create life changing environments through our ENVISION student partnership program.


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