York Residency Museum winning major awards

Published on Monday, 21 March 2022 at 12:11:48 PM

Congratulations to our team for taking out two more awards last week for the restoration work at the York Residency Museum.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Western Australian Division (IPWEA WA) Annual Excellence Awards encourage and recognise excellence in the innovation, development, construction, and management of public works projects and the people involved.

Our first award was the IPWEA WA Best Public Works Project (less than $2M - Regional) Award.  This category recognises excellence in the design and/or construction of a significant public works infrastructure project that demonstrably benefits the community

We then received the G.K.Watters Local Government Engineering Excellence Award for the conservation and earthquake mitigation works to the York Residency Museum.  This is the ‘best of the best’ Overall Award and is bestowed on one of the winners from all the WA Division Excellence Awards categories that have submitted a local government engineering project.


The restoration and conservation work undertaken at the Residency Museum makes the building more resilient against multi natural hazards and tackled outstanding legacy conservation issues such as damp, decay and degradation.  Benefits to the community, the State and the nation relating to the preservation of York's exceptional built heritage, are recognized through these awards.  The Residency Museum has been the pilot project for applying research by Geoscience Australia and the University of Adelaide to strengthen the building, particularly its chimneys, against earthquakes together with future-proofing the museum.

The Shire was also awarded the prestigious Winner’s Award in the category ‘Conservation or Adaptive Re-Use of a State Registered Heritage Place’ at the Western Australian Heritage Awards held in November 2021.

Congratulations to all involved in this now multi award winning project!



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