Railway Institute


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Surry Hills NSW

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The Railway Institute was the first such Institute in Australia. Erected in the 1890s as an educational and social facility for the benefit of railway employees, the building maintained its original function for most of the twentieth century before being vacated during the mid 1990s.

When purchased by its current owners, the building fabric was decaying from over a decade of neglect. The building was repaired, conserved and adapted as a series of office spaces and display areas. Intrusive additions and alterations to the building were removed, and new environmentally sustainable services and facilities appropriate to premium commercial tenancies were sensitively inserted into the building. An internal glass lift and an external elevated walkway were constructed to provide equitable access in and around the building. The main auditorium and stage areas have been restored as a dramatic showroom space.

101 Chalmers Street is an exemplar of a commercially viable and environmentally sustainable adaptive reuse project that has revived a prominent Sydney landmark.(Interior Fitout by Rice Daubney)