RBA works independently and in conjunction with other architects to provide guidance when redevelopment or substantial change is proposed at a heritage place.

Understanding attributed heritage values is an essential precursor to any proposed change. We have extensive experience in determining cultural significance and articulating the specific heritage values (aesthetic, architectural, historic, scientific, social or spiritual) that belong to a place.

An independent assessment of significance is a valuable tool to guide the design process, from concept phase through to construction. Our early involvement has saved many of our clients from a lengthy permit approval process.

  • The Vault Sculpture

    The Vault Sculpture, Relocation

    The Vault was designed by sculptor Ron Robertson-Swann as the centrepiece for the City Square, established in Melbourne’s CBD in the 1980s.

  • Hawthorn Tram Depot

    Hawthorn Tram Depot

    RBA provided architectural and heritage advisory services for this major redevelopment project from early master planning stages.

  • Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre

    Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne

    RBA assisted Thomson Adsett Architects in planning a large redevelopment to provide a contemporary museum celebrating the work of the Sisters of Mercy and their founder, the Blessed Mary MacKillop.

  • Singapore Cottage South Melbourne

    Singapore Cottage South Melbourne

    This project involved the identification, deconstruction, conservation and adaptation to a sustainable use of an extremely rare surviving example of a timber prefabricated house, originally imported to Australia from Singapore in 1852/53.

  • Williamstown Primary School

    Williamstown Primary School

    Design advice was provided to BH Architects and the Department of Education in regard to proposed new buildings, to ensure that the the significance of the two main heritage buildings on the site was not negatively affected.

  • Shepparton Showgrounds Redevelopment

    Shepparton Showgrounds Redevelopment

    RBA was engaged to identify the heritage values of the showgrounds, and prepared a Conservation Management Plan as part of a master plan undertaken by Urban Initiatives.