Cultural Heritage

We have considerable experience with adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. Our work has regularly required a sensitive approach to major fit-out and refurbishment of heritage listed structures which require a considered strategy for complex systems fit-out without major intervention to the fabric. Contemporary obligations to access and code compliance as well as significant mechanical and wired servicing requirements for modern facilities are a major part of our work. We often work closely with conservation and heritage specialists; architects, archaeological experts, historians and specialist engineers. We have received a number of heritage conservation awards for adaptive re-use.
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Wellington MuseumAustralian War MemorialState Library of NSWRoyal Australian Air Force MuseumHellfire Pass Museum, ThailandSydney Harbour Bridge MuseumBradman MuseumMacleay Museum, Sydney UniversityTrainworks

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Historic Site Development

We are fortunate to have been selected to work on a number of international and sensitive historic sites. Our engagement has often commenced with a vision study which then develops into implementation of interpretive strategies for public communication and protection of the site's integrity. The sites are usually suffering from tourism degradation or simply just a lack of information or interpretation. Our work on these places is a close collaboration with expert historians, archaeologists and conservation specialists.
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Notable Sites

Port Arthur Historic Site, TasmaniaAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, FranceAl Zubara Museum and Historic Site, QatarKokoda Track, Papua New GuineaHellfire Pass Museum, ThailandSandakan Memorial Park, Borneo, MalaysiaHermannsburg Historic Town, Northern Territory, Australia

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Commercial visitor attractions operate successfully if the balance between capital outlay, operational cost and visitation is sustainable. As designers in this specialised field we are acutely aware of the total project parameters and invest considerable attention to understanding the market, the cost to operate, the visitor reward and the capital invested to create a profitable enterprise. Visitor attractions are usually unique facilities offering visitors a must see experience. Similarly, credibility is an essential characteristic. Experience shows that the most successful visitor attractions are those with credibility as well as uniqueness. Uniqueness can be built in with special presentations but credibility can only usually be gained by architecture, location or direct connection to the subject. Unique features not only provide variety and interest, they are 'attention grabbing' and give the facility a prime marketing and advertising focus.
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Our experience in this specialised field is extensive.

Pylon Lookout, Sydney Harbour BridgeThe South-east pylon of the Bridge is a hybrid visitor attraction / heritage museum. Our role was lead design consultant from inception to completion. This role was under 'Design and Construct' contract as head contractor for the $3 million project.

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The Lookout receives 120,000 visitors per year and charges $10 for entry. The majority of visitors are international tourists.Subaru Interactive, Docklands, Melbourne. Subaru constructed a $16 million showroom at the Docklands in Melbourne. HPA were engaged to design and project manage the internal fit-out, the core objective being to educate and entertain potential car buyers in a variety of exhibits, displays and interactive audio-visual theatrettes.


The centre is 2,200m2 and cost $10.5 million to construct and currently charges $30 per visitor.  BridgeClimb, New Operations Facility and Heritage Display Gallery BridgeClimb are one of Australia's top visitor attraction operators. Over 150,000 customers climb the Bridge annually. We are currently engaged to design and project manage the new public operations facility in The Rocks which will provide a significant increase in climb operations' capacity, new retail, café and heritage display gallery.

The International Antarctic Centre, New Zealand facility is regarded as a model for future large scale showroom sales tools. The centre has received over 200,000 visitors per year since opening over 10 years ago. Our role was lead design consultant from inception to completion. This included guiding the architectural building envelope design and controlling the internal fit-out design and implementation.