Oliver Hill Battery, Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 2005-2013

Oliver Hill Battery is a place of exceptional cultural heritage significance, the most intact of all Australian 9.2” gun batteries, and one of only five battery sites worldwide that still retain guns in their WWII location. It is a relatively intact and distinct cultural precinct, and a prominent landmark in the natural landscape of Rottnest Island.

In 2005 Palassis Architects prepared a Conservation Management Plan for the Battery, and in 2012 were commissioned to document and administer conservation works to address considerable deterioration of the structures.

Conservation of the battery’s tunnels and control rooms, along with the guns, permits visitors to experience an aspect of wartime life that is extremely rare. If not conserved the facility would become unsafe, and public access be denied.

The conservation works were designed to be simple and robust, a major challenge in a harsh marine environment, involving extensive years long research and highly technical repairs and paint systems.

Program
  • Conservation planning
  • Internal and external conservation works
Client

Rottnest Island Authority

Status
  • Complete
Roles
  • Preparation of conservation plan
  • Design, documentation and administration of conservation works
Awards
  • 2014 Heritage Council of Western Australia Western Australian Heritage Awards – Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place winner

  • 2014 Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) Western Australia Architecture Awards – Architecture Award

  • 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation – Finalist