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Conservation Management Plan

In 2010 the LDA engaged heritage and conservation management consultants Lovell Chen to prepare a Conservation Management Plan (PDF 14.3MB) for the Canberra Brickworks site.

The Conservation Management Plan (CMP) provides a guide for future care and use of the site, including any new development. The National Trust describes a CMP as “a document which sets out what is significant in a place and, consequently, what policies are appropriate to enable that significance to be retained in its future use and development. For most places it deals with the management of change."

Lovell Chen has now prepared a Conservation Development Strategy (PDF 4.2MB) to guide the conservation and future adaptation of the Canberra Brickworks Complex.  The Conservation Development Strategy is consistent with the Conservation Management Plan. 

The Conservation Development Strategy outlines a three-stage conservation process, corresponding to staged infrastructure and land release procurement: 

Stage 1 – Public and Pedestrian Access (years 3-5)

In the initial stage the focus is necessarily on removing hazardous materials, making the buildings weatherproof and addressing the inevitable decay that occurs to unoccupied buildings.

Preserving and managing fabric

  • Ensure all rainwater goods are in operational state
  • Ensure storm water system is in operational state
  • Remove invasive vegetation from buildings
  • Remove invasive vermin (rats, pigeons etc) from buildings and secure buildings from vermin incursion
  • Secure openings, particularly on weather side of buildings
  • Site enclosure to restrict access to the site other than by authorised personnel.

Make safe from hazards

  • Ensure there are no elements that will fall or detach themselves causing danger to personnel on the site or other building fabric
  • Address any evident structural issues that will contribute to the deterioration of fabric or pose a safety hazard
  • Restrict access to areas that put people at risk
  • Remove hazardous materials particularly those which have been damaged or are in such a deteriorated state they prohibit access to the buildings (friable asbestos, flaking lead paint, pigeon excrement etc.).

Maintain structural integrity

  • Make buildings structurally safe addressing deterioration due to wind, rain, gravity or similar forces.


  • Immediate demolition of buildings/structures that are of little or no heritage significance and make little contribution to the understanding of the industrial complex operations.

Stage 2 – Core elements conservation and development (years 6-8)

Undertake active conservation to the most significant structures on the site - the Staffordshire Kiln (Kiln 1), Fan House and Chimney (1914-15), Hardy Patent Kiln (Kiln 2), Fan House and Chimney (1926 and 1955) and central brickyard.

Conservation Works

  • Conservation and reconstruction of the external fabric to enable occupation of the buildings for a range of potential uses including office, studio, and gallery or community space
  • Provision of pedestrian access
  • conservation of existing or new floor, wall and ceiling linings and introduction of basic service infrastructure including power, lights, air conditioning and water
  • The existing Amenities Block (c. 1955) will be retained and refurbished to provide public facilities and the brick courtyard between the two kilns upgraded as an accessible public space
  • New access roads will connect the Brickworks to the residential estate to create a more formal access to the site from the south side.

Stage 3 – Connecting Heritage Open Spaces (year 9-10)

  • Quarry to be redeveloped as a public park
  • Construct additional road access on the east side of the Brickworks with integrated public car parking.