Wanslea Conservation + Adaptation Works
Constructed in 1908 for The Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) as an orphanage, the building, known as ‘Wanslea’, has a rich history and heritage. Many groups have occupied the building over the past century including the Red Cross, Women’s Australian National Service (WANS), the Army, Wanslea Family Services and most recently, Cancer Support WA.
Western Projects was contracted by Bernard Seeber Architects on behalf of The National Trust of Australia to complete major conservation and adaptation works. The project goal was to improve the Wanslea building so as to accommodate a number of community based cancer support organisations, whilst still maintaining the buildings heritage.
The scope of work included a complex mix of conservation as well as construction of new buildings. Key components included:
- Masonry conservation, including paint removal and tuck pointing
- Carpentry conservation, including the rebuilding of a two story verandah
- New two-story hall building
- New two-story addition
- Substantial civil and landscaping works, including car parks, retaining walls, pedestrian paths, driveways and planting
- New kitchen and toilet facilities
- Complete mechanical and electrical upgrade
- Removal of asbestos containing materials
Along with the works listed above, four new lifts were installed in Wanslea and the car park, ensuring the building now meets disability access requirements. During the project phase, the site remained fully operational and accessible to the public, tenants and clients.
As a result of the conservation and adaptation works, the site has undergone significant improvements providing the various cancer support organisations with contemporary offices and activity spaces that better serve the community.
Wanslea was awarded the ‘Gerry Gauntlett Award’ in the category of Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of State Registered Place, at the 2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards held in Perth on the 15th April. Western Projects was proud to be a part of the award winning team that were involved in the project and recognised by the judges for “bringing the historical building back to life”. Read more about our award win here