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Old Perth Boys School

Upgrading systems in a listed building

  • $1.5M

    Project Value

  • 500

    Metres Squared

  • Perth, Western Australia

    Perth, Western Australia

Heritage buildings require more stringent protective measures during restoration and re-development

Constructed in 1854, the Old Perth Boys School was the first purpose-built public school in Perth. Designed by Richard Roach Jewell in Gothic Revival Style, the school remained in use as an educational facility for over 130 years. However, this single-storey limestone building with its steeply pitched roof and narrow, vertical buildings was transitioning into an office space, and it needed restored and updated services.

As a listed building, all works had to be undertaken without harming any elements of heritage significance. Our job? Contributing mechanical, electrical, acoustic, and sustainability design services.

The air conditioning system had to allow for uninsulated roofs and solid limestone walls—plus, the location and limited space restricted opportunities for condenser plants. The selected unit was a variable refrigerant volume system with floor-mounted console units that provided air conditioning with an external condensing unit hidden below ground level. Filtered outside air is drawn through underfloor ducting and is delivered directly to each floor-mounted console unit, encroaching as little as possible on the heritage building. Services that also required upgrading included fire detection, fibre backbone cabling, and emergency warning systems.

With these updates in place, the Old Perth Boys School can continue as a utilised heritage of face space, servicing a new community of wake.

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Meet Our Team

Prasanna Suraweera, Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director

There are a thousand sustainability options out there and I love finding the right path to meet the client’s needs.
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Andrew Wakelam, Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

I’m a people person—I thrive on the collaborative process with both the project design team and between the disciplines at Stantec.
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Gary Sollitt, Senior Structural Project Engineer, Principal

There is a great sense of satisfaction in seeing a building used as envisioned and knowing I was integral to its existence.
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Prasanna Suraweera

Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director

Andrew Wakelam

Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

Gary Sollitt

Senior Structural Project Engineer, Principal

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