• Capabilities: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sectors: Public Sector

Port Arthur Penitentiary

Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia - Innovative engineering solutions were needed to save one of Australia’s oldest and most visited heritage sites in Tasmania.

4000

people visited on first day

150,000

yearly visitors

The delicate act of balancing building integrity with significant heritage.

The “Penitentiary” is the largest and most iconic ruin in the World Heritage listed Port Arthur convict site, but the crumbling brick walls faced possible collapse without urgent action.

 Preserving the roofless building for at least another 100 years while also improving tourist access and interpretation meant balancing building integrity with significant heritage, archaeological and design imperatives.

 Minimal visual and physical impact was crucial. Slender, tapered columns and light spider fittings were proposed to elegantly support the brickwork, while helibar, steel plates and rods were hidden in joints and under sandstone capping to invisibly reinforce the delicate, historic building.

 Given major public interest and the many stakeholders involved, a simple 3D engineering model was created to help communicate the proposed solution simply.

Outcomes

4000

people visited on first day

150,000

yearly visitors

$A6 M

project

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