Pyrmont Fire Station Restoration / GroupGSA - architecture and design

Pyrmont Fire Station Restoration / GroupGSA

Between 1890 and 1911, Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon designed and delivered over fifty projects in NSW, some of which are still standing and in use. 

© Tyrone Brannigan

Architects: GroupGSA

Location: 147 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Architect In Charge: Janine Graves

Area: 1147.0 sqm

Project Year: 2016

Photographs: Tyrone Brannigan

Director Architecture: Michael Mandl (Group GSA)

Project Manager: NSW Public Works

Structural Engineer: Birzulis Associates

Services Engineer: Erbas Associates

Bca: Certis

Acoustic: Acoustic Logic

Access: Morris Goding Access Consultants

Contractor: Artel Constructions

Client: Fire & Rescue NSW

© Tyrone Brannigan

From the architect. Between 1890 and 1911, Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon designed and delivered over fifty projects in NSW, some of which are still standing and in use. 

© Tyrone Brannigan

One of those is the Pyrmont Fire Station located on the corner of Gipps and Pyrmont Streets in Ultimo, Sydney. It was constructed in 1906 to address the compounding fire danger posed by an intense growth in industrial development in the area during the first decade of the 20th century.

© Tyrone Brannigan

The original building is Federation Free Style and constructed of red clay face brick in English bond with lime mortar over a rusticated sandstone plinth and has decorative sandstone detailing emphasising door and window openings and other features. The colours and textures of the brick and sandstone are in stark contrast. While the Pyrmont and Gipps Street facades have a strongly defined ?base?, ?middle? and ?top? and feature several asymmetrical features.
Elevations

Inside, the building originally consisted of two engine bays with attendant stables, a family size officer apartment and single men?s room on the ground floor. There were also apartments for six families on the second and third floors with a laundry, drying yard and watch tower at roof level.

© Tyrone Brannigan

The Station was staffed until 1945 when it was closed. It then reopened in 1960 and remained active until 1994 when it closed again for minor renovations.

© Tyrone Brannigan

The fire station reopened in 2007, however for over 40 years the two upper floors of the fire station have remained unoccupied and had been subjected to squatters, theft, water damage, fire damage and vermin.

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In 2013, Fire and Rescue NSW commissioned Group GSA to refurbish and extend the operational Fire Station and derelict upper floors to improve conditions for the fire fighters and to provide office accommodation for Fire and Rescue NSW staff as part o...
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