Restoration of Historic Campbell’s Stores at Circular Quay

By Dockside Group, 19 May, 2017

The lessee of the historic Campbell’s Stores at The Rocks, has won approval of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for the $32 million remediation and restoration of the three storey Campbell’s Stores – one of the most historic sites in Australia dating back to 1839.

The lessee, Tallawoladah Pty Ltd, will initially address the current deterioration of the building to reverse the decaying of the sandstone walls and replacement of roof tiling, as well as the restoration of the building’s heritage features.

The buildings will be refurbished to feature 12 restaurants, café and bars in spaces to be leased, covering 50 square metres to 700 square metres. The new spaces for lease will feature more extensive view corridors of Sydney Harbour and Opera House, restoration of the key heritage elements of the building and a much needed upgrade of the outdoor dining areas, including the replacement of the current unsightly awnings.

The four existing restaurants on the site – Waterfront, Wolfies, Italian Village and Imperial Peking will close for good on June 30, 2017, providing patrons with six weeks to experience them for the last time.

Architectural firm JPW has created an innovative design to create more dynamic and flexible spaces for the planned hospitality venues, while maintaining the heritage elements of the building.

Tallawoladah’s CEO, Christopher Drivas, said a number of high-profile restaurants from both Australia and internationally have already agreed to sign leases at the new precinct, while being in advanced discussions with others.

“World-renowned names in restaurants, cafes and bars will transform this precinct into a stunning waterfront fine-dining and entertainment destination,” Mr Drivas said.

The spaces in the building will be upgraded to provide for smaller tenants, upgrading of the street access and new lifts in the building, as well as installation of new amenities and kitchen areas to allow high quality dining operations. The Hickson Road frontage will be modified to create a better connection with The Rocks and create an easier entry to the hospitality venues in the building.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said the multi-million dollar restoration and fit-out will ensure the iconic building is preserved and maintained for future generations.

“By working with private hospitality company Tallawoladah on a 55-year lease, we can preserve and enhance one of Australia’s oldest warehouses,” Mr Dominello said.

“This is a successful partnership between the Government and the private sector resulting in the protection of our State significant heritage assets, a new visitor destination with high quality public spaces, and an economic uplift for the State.

Property NSW CEO, Brett Newman, said The Rocks attracts more than 14 million visitors a year, with the precinct contributing $400 million to the NSW visitor’s economy.

“The Rocks is one of Australia’s most culturally significant precincts and this new attraction is likely to increase visitor numbers and spending, creating job opportunities,” Mr Newman said.

The Chair of the NSW Heritage Council, Stephen Davies, said the Council supported this innovative proposal to restore the famous building.

“These are the only surviving warehouses of their type remaining on the foreshore of Sydney Cove, this announcement ensures the site is preserved with essential conservation fit-out works.”

Source: Dockside Group