Purcell, in collaboration with GJM Heritage, were the successful tenderers for Stages 2 and 3 of the Stonnington Federation Houses Heritage Study. The studies two stages comprised the following: Stage 2 included background reviews and fieldwork in relation to the 101 places, and Stage 3 comprised the detailed assessment of the places and recommendations of statutory controls.

Federation style dwelling. (Source: Purcell)

Federation architecture emerged in the late 1880s in Australia and remained the dominant architectural style in the country for almost twenty years. In Victoria, a distinctive architectural domestic style emerged, which contrasted with the existing Victorian-era dwellings of preceding decades in character, form, materials and detailing. Federation houses constructed throughout this period were typically of red brick with terracotta roof tiling and roof decoration. They often had timber veranda detailing and half-timbered, roughcast-rendered or shingled gable-ends.

Federation style dwelling. (Source: Purcell)

The logistical challenge of surveying 101 heritage places required careful and efficient planning, and a Standard Operating Procedure for all personnel was implemented to set out how inspections were conducted.

Following approval of the proposed heritage places by Council, Purcell and GJM carried out detailed inspections in accordance with the Victorian Planning Provision’s Practice Note Applying the Heritage Overlay to produce the final citations within the Council’s timeline.

Federation style dwelling. (Source: Purcell)

A key requirement for project success was the effective and continual communication between all members of the project team. Purcell and GJM Heritage developed a strong, enjoyable and collaborative working relationship between members of the consultancy team.