Sugar Mill Apartments – Canterbury

Builder – Westbourne Construction Pty Ltd

The project consists of 83 apartments, ventilation work for toilet and carpark.

Waratah Mills is an adaptive re-use project, which involved refurbishing and converting 1920’s heritage-listed flour-mills, into contemporary residential apartments.

Located on the edge of a predominantly residential precinct and bounded by two streets and a goods railway line, the redundant site had an incongruous industrial and robust character, which contributed positively to the architectural fabric of the area.

The existing Silo, Mill and Annex buildings each have distinct functional forms which relate to their past uses and which, combined with the strong industrial character of the site, presented unique and challenging residential design solutions.

The majority of the heritage listed former flour-mill buildings were retained and converted into medium density housing consisting of a mix of single-story and loft style apartments.

The opportunity to demolish an existing timber silo structure, and replace it with a similar built form, enabled the construction of the new Hopper building which is a contemporary interpretation of the industrial fabric reflected in the other retained buildings.

The rejuvenation of the site into an urban residential development of 84 apartments posed unique architectural, engineering and construction challenges at each stage of the project.

The project accommodates contemporary apartment design within existing heritage buildings, whilst achieving a balance between resolving amenity issues and maintaining the architectural integrity of those existing built forms.