Sydney Town Hall


  • Heritage
  • Public

Sydney NSW

City of Sydney


This major $30m project comprised the upgrading of essential services throughout the building to ensure compliance with the BCA and Place of Public Entertainment Licensing requirements.  Works included improved egress, fire safety, power supply and upgraded and new mechanical services throughout. Conservation works include the repair of the historic marble and encaustic tiled floors in the corridors.

The project also included the refurbishment of a number of the principal historic spaces undertaken including the Lady Mayoress Suite, the Councillors offices and the corridors, and the refurbishment of staff offices and back-of-house facilities.

The provision of solar generated power to the Sydney Town Hall is considered a flagship project of the City of Sydney’s ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’ plan whose principal objectives include the increased implementation of renewable energy technologies.  TKD Architects worked closely with the Department of Commerce for the design of a 43.2KW photovoltaic panel system on the rooftop of the building. The system is carefully designed to minimise its visibility from street level and the structural support systems are designed to be reversible with minimal impact on heritage fabric.

To achieve an archive quality environment, ensuring the longevity of the material in the Town Hall collection, the basement storage area was excavated below the building. A ducted environmental control air conditioning unit with temperature and humidity control maintains environmental conditions within the design requirements. The basement has a concrete slab, concrete block walls and a post-tensioned beam structure, with waterproofing provided by a perimeter encircling access corridor separating the outer walls from the surrounding shotcrete foundations. The interior layout and fittings include steel storage shelves and a new ABAX sliding picture hanging system.