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Wadjemup Conservation Centre, Rottnest Island

Date: 2016

The Rottnest Island Authority engaged our team in early 2016 to prepare a masterplan for the historic Stables site at Herschel Lake. The site’s history is long and complex, and includes the activities associated with the incarceration of Aboriginal prisoners on the Island between 1838 and 1931. Today, the site includes only a few small-scale heritage structures that survive this early era of post-European settlement.

The masterplan investigated the capacity of the site to be developed in stages to improve operational capacity, integrate sustainability initiatives and programmes and, ultimately, to provide a well-located research and volunteer groups’ hub on Rottnest Island. Other considerations included an interpretive element addressing the cultural history of the site, as well as the integration of ‘One Planet Living’ design principles into the design.

The scope of works included an upgrade of the nursery facility, a new dormitory building and the creation of a ‘Research House’ in the existing heritage building.

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Wadjemup Conservation Centre, Rottnest Island
Wadjemup Conservation Centre, Rottnest Island
Wadjemup Conservation Centre, Rottnest Island