Large scale Heritage vs Bespoke Heritage - what’s the difference?

17 June 2020

Large scale heritage and bespoke heritage are both unique in their own ways, but when it comes to the execution of these jobs, Built’s approach is the same, no matter the scale.

One of our largest heritage projects to date is the State Library Victoria which was completed in December 2019 and saw more than 20 spaces throughout the library refurbished and restored by our team.

In contrast our 1 Malop St, Geelong project which was completed in 2017 had just one heritage component - the façade - while Classic East Melbourne featured a seven-storey heritage structure that only required the refurbishment of some original features such as the hallways and aspects of the ballroom.

Andrew Plant, Project Engineer on the Classic East Melbourne project which wrapped up in 2018, said that as his first heritage job the project was a very rewarding challenge, not only because of its bespoke nature, but because of the consultation required from heritage-specialist architects.

“The biggest difference between non-heritage and heritage is the architects you work with. They are specialised heritage architects which means a lot of collaboration with the architects to work through the buildability. We also have to be very diligent with the documentation we’re receiving to make sure the process is as smooth as possible” he said.

“Classic East Melbourne was considered a low-heritage significance project, but we still had the same architects that worked on more heritage significant projects such as Flinders Station and the Palais Theatre.”


Pat Moran, Senior Project Manager for State Library Victoria, said that our processes were the same, irrespective of the level of heritage features included in the job.

“No matter the size or complexity of the job, our teams use the same level of rigor and due diligence to get the job done, plus we offer a total solution,” Pat said.

“When it comes to heritage, you never really know what you’re dealing with, or what obstacles might pop up along the way. To combat this, you need to forward think and forecast what these obstacles could potentially be and have back up plans in place. It’s a different way of running projects to normal. You need to be agile and fluid, so that you’re able to change or alter your plans as you go along.”

One way Built forward plans, is by ensuring the teams are properly resourced with enough highly experienced staff who will be ready to cater and respond to the unknown when it appears.

“We make sure that we’re able to manage concurrent processes separately to each other. This allows us to have project teams working in advance so as to ensure they can tackle any potential issues before they become too problematic,” Pat said.




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