Melbourne City Baths was first opened in 1860 and has continued to provide health and fitness services to the community for more than 150 years.

HSR are currently undertaking heritage restoration.

St Ignatius’ Church is one of the earliest churches in Australia. The church was designed by architect William Wardell (1823-1899), who was noted for his ecclesiastical work, including St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

HSR is currently undertaking the heritage restoration works.

Heritage restoration currently under way.

The project involves façade brickwork repair, re-pointing, structural crack repair, render, steel window repairs, and painting, faience and tile repairs.

Restoration and conservation works to the Wesley Church project in Melbourne has now commenced. Over the next two years the Church, the Manse, the Schoolhouse and the Caretaker’s Cottage will be fully restored.

Works will include specialist cleaning, repointing, slate and lead roofing, heritage carpentry and painting, and stained glass window repairs. One of the major components of the works to the church will be stone replacement, including replacement of pinnacles, stringcourses and cornices. The stone used is Udelfanger Sandstone from Germany, as specified by the consulting architect, Lovell Chen.

The restoration project is part of the 200 million redevelopment of the Wesley Precinct. The redevelopment includes ground and lower level retail spacesa new ground level park and two public walkways through the site.

The 34 level commercial office tower will sit on the eastern portion of the Wesley Church site with frontages to Lonsdale Street, Little Lonsdale Street and Jones Lane.

HSR were engaged by Renewal SA to carry out a full dilapidation and associated costs to the East/South and Western facades of the Adelaide Railway station in order to determine a scope of works for the repair of structural and non-structural rendered elements that form the facades of the Railway Station.

Prior to the works being carried out the façade was cleaned by HSR using a steam pressure cleaner which provides a super-heated steam rather than the usual high-water pressure, this machine removes all dirt /grime etc. without the risk of excessive water penetration into the open cracks etc.

Various repair methods were used on the project as outlined below:

  • Full render repair – Removal of a defective area and replace with new render that matches exactly with the original in both colour and texture.
  • Crack injection- small cracks are filled with a coloured mortar to match existing, then a two-part epoxy resin is carefully injected into the crack using small syringes.
  • Structural repairs- in the case of steel corrosion behind the render, the render is removed to expose the underlying steel reinforcing which is then cleaned to remove loose corrosion, once cleaned the steel is treated with a zinc rich protective coating, then treated the area is re rendered to match the existing.
  • Protective membrane application – a protective coating was applied to all horizontal surfaces Window sills /cornice sections etc. in order to provide a stable waterproof finish.
  • Entire replacement of moulded sections under the cornice – In some cases continuous water penetration had caused severe corrosion of the Modillions which form a decorative part on the underside of the cornice, due to their friable nature these sections had to be removed entirely and new pieces carved by HSR masons and fixed into place.

HSR were engaged by the main contractor Complete Building Services to carry out a full dismantle and rebuild of the entire Northern elevation of the Maid and Magpie Hotel in order to rectify the damage created by the subsidence within the original footings.

Full dilapidation was carried out by HSR prior to commencement of the project which included a comprehensive photographic record and exact dimensions of each element of the area, this included locations of windows, chimneys and any other feature that needed to be re-instated during the rebuilding process.

Starting at the roof line of the elevation the entire North wall was carefully dismantled brick by brick and stone by stone with each individual item being documented and cleaned for re use.

Over a period of several weeks the process continued until the entire wall was taken down and catalogued by a team of HSR masons, with all bricks and stone carefully palletised according to its location thus ensuring the materials were re laid in their original position.

Once a new concrete footing was installed HSR began the process of rebuilding the elevation using all the previously salvaged original materials and utilising the details taken during the dismantling process.

Consultation with the project Architect and Heritage advisor ensured that the rebuilding process produced an exact re instatement of the original Northern Elevation in every detail.


Extensive works reinstating all damaged heritage brickwork, ornate solid rendering to external facades including all internal rendering and plastering, and making good cornices and mouldings.

New and refurbished metal windows and guarding, and specialist cleaning to all masonry facades.


The project included the conservation and restoration works to the exterior and interior of the telecommunications exchange building.

The scope of works involved specialist façade cleaning, heritage brick work, stone and timber conservation and solid rendering.

Conservation works to the Grote St elevation of the Adelaide Central Markets have now been completed in time for the City of Adelaide’s 2018 holiday season.

The brick work has been through a meticulous conservation process whereby all previous applications of paint to the facades are removed – returning the finished surface to the true face-brick.

The mortar joints were then raked and re-tuckpointed in a raised three-dimensional fashion, further highlighted by a precise application of a mineral-based paint to create contrast with the brickwork.