Main Cell Block & Chapel Facade Conservation, Fremantle Prison

Fremantle, Western Australia, 2006-2008

Fremantle Prison is one registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as one of the eleven Australian Convict Sites. The prison is of local, State and National cultural heritage significance and a premier tourist destination.

The project team at Palassis Architects comprised specialist heritage and conservation architects who ensured that the works were undertaken in accordance with the Burra Charter.

The works were guided by the conservation plans for the place and a thorough investigation of both documentary and physical evidence.  This investigative approach continued throughout the project, particularly when the render finish to the Chapel was carefully removed and evidence was revealed that the western façade of the Chapel was originally bare stonework when it was constructed in the 1850s.

The thoroughness of the research and quality of the consequent conservation works were awarded by the WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Program
  • Conservation planning
  • External conservation works
Client

Department of Housing and Works

Status
  • Complete
Roles
  • Preparation of master plan
  • Preparation of conservation management plan
  • Design, documentation and administration of conservation works
Awards
  • 2008 Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) Western Australia Architecture Awards – Architecture Award