Back To Projects88 Limestone Heritage Precinct, Ipswich

Project Background

The old TAFE college building on the corner of Limestone and Ellenborough Streets in Ipswich has been a landmark for over 100 years. For the majority of that time it served its original purpose as a technical college. It has recently been transformed into a business, restaurant and bar precinct, the likes Ipswich has never seen before..

This staged project included the design, refurbishment, expansion and integral fitout of four derelict state heritage listed buildings.  The scope for this project was to turn the old Ipswich Tafe College into a food and beverage precinct at the ground levels with commercial office space on the upper levels.

The design phase of the project presented many challenges in retaining the heritage characteristics while making the three storey buildings compliant to current statutory and regulatory requirements and Australian Standards, particularly with respect to the disability standard. The heritage listing of these buildings created further challenges in design especially for HVAC service ducts required to service the buildings.

Extensive demolition works were required including rotted structural timbers, asbestos removal, replacement brickwork, windows and roofing. Scaffolding was installed to the three buildings to allow for new roof sheeting to be installed, whilst the roof was off, the building new tie down was installed to the existing roof members. Two new lifts had to be installed including shafts and pits and elevated walkways and ramps were required for DDA compliance.

The detailed and complex nature of the heritage re-build and extensions required at times a full-time presence on the project by the ‘hands-on’ CPM project management team. Integrated fitouts were incorporated in the build. The ‘Pumpyard” Brewery, Pub and Eatery required a bespoke fitout including built-in beer lines and tanks. Dovetails Restaurant and Function room included major extensions and new outside dining decks and two commercial kitchens. Retail fitouts for an Ice-Creamery including dining, sales area, display production kitchen, and refrigerated storage and fitout for a Gym were all part of the ground level activation of the precinct. Commercial office fitouts were delivered for the upper floors. 


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Contract Period

Sept 2014 to May 2017


88 Limestone Pty Ltd

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