CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLANS
Retention of a heritage item involves constraints and opportunities for development.The purpose of a conservation management plan is to outline the means by which work can be undertaken on a place while preserving and enhancing what is culturally significant about it. A building or other structure contains material evidence that provides a record of what actually happened there; often it may be the only record. Preserving that evidence is like preserving a book in a library for future generations. A number of tasks are required to achieve this objective while still permitting a viable new use.
- A thorough understanding of the historical development of the place;
- A thorough understanding of the physical evidence of the place;
- An evaluation of the significance of the place;.
- Identification of the relative cultural value of the components of a place;
- Creation of policies or guidelines which establish the parameters for developing the site taking into account the relative significance of each component. These consider both the constraints to development, those actions which would materially reduce the significance of the place, and the opportunities, those that would enhance the value of the place.
CRM has prepared reports for a diverse range of buildings and sites either taking sole responsibility or as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Specific projects include:
Botany Wetlands Pumping station Conservation Plan (Federal Airports Corporation 1991)
Cowra POW Campsite Plan of Management (Cowra Tourist and development Corp. 1993)
Darling Island and Pyrmont Wharves Conservation Plan (City West Redevelopment 1997)
Former Chubb Factory Building Waterloo (St Hilliers 1999)