The Nature and Science Precinct is the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s bold vision for the next major development of its Melbourne Gardens and Melbourne Observatory precinct.

As part of the preparation of the business case for this vision, an increased understanding of both the current condition and future use of each of the state heritage-listed buildings within the Melbourne Gardens and Melbourne Observatory precinct has been commissioned.


RBGV has appointed John Wardle Architects to guide the development of the buildings within the new precinct, aiming to integrate buildings and landscape while focussing on place-making and public engagement.

Purcell is assisting the design team to as heritage consultants to review the heritage places and provide strategic heritage advice to John Wardle Architects and the broader consultant team as part of the design process, to identity heritage opportunities, resolve interfaces and manage potential impacts of the overall development within the significance of the site.

Early through the design phase, Purcell undertook condition assessments of the identified eight heritage places and worked closely with JWA and consultant team to develop innovative, yet sensitive, opportunities for interventions within their historic setting.

Senior Architect, Alistair Ravenscroft
Sensitive Restoration

During the design phase, Purcell are working closely with JWA and the consultant team to re-position this significant heritage environment and collection of buildings in a sensitive, meaningful and contemporary way.

Purcell's heritage consultancy team are identifying innovative, yet sensitive, opportunities for interventions within the historic setting and in testing these proposals for their relative heritage impact, bench-marked on comparable international sites.