MBA win recognises meticulous revival of Claremont landmark

Pindan was honoured for its recent efforts to restore and refurbish the iconic Claremont council chambers on Stirling Highway in Claremont, after it was ravaged by fire in 2010.

In addition to demolishing the unwanted structure and carefully restoring or rebuilding damaged areas of the old chambers, Pindan seamlessly constructed a modern, three-storey commercial space and work environment behind.

The roof and timber floors were replaced in the damaged building, loose brickwork was carefully removed and bricked up and a new copper spire and weather vane were added. The old clock on the gable façade, a familiar sight for generations of local road users, was also restored.

The project comprised multiple forms of construction and featured exposed aggregate and honed pre-cast concrete panels, glass lift shaft, suspended steel feature stairs, reconstituted timber softfits and wall linings, passive solar design and Photovoltaic roof panels. 

"Pindan overcame several on-site challenges concerning the industrial design and materials selected for the new building, to create an eye-catching contrast between the new and the old."
Mark Thompson, Director of Construction, Pindan

“One of the most critical aspects of this project was that we completed it on time,” he added.

“Construction began in September 2013 and the majority of works were finished by November 2014, allowing Town of Claremont staff and Councillors to return to the building to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the fire.”

This is not the first time Pindan has been recognised by the MBA in the ‘Best Historic Restoration or Renovation’ category, with recent wins including the 2009 award for the Midland Police Operations Facility. 

Pindan was also engaged to restore Block One of the heritage-listed railway workshops next to the Midland GP Super Clinic in 2012.

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