Heritage grant for iconic Newstead building
Posted on Wednesday, 25 January, 2012
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has delivered assistance to the iconic Queensland Primary Producers Woolstore in Newstead, a landmark in the suburb for over 70 years.
The Woolstore, now known as the W4 Apartments, in Skyring Terrace, has been given a $1,125 grant through council’s Heritage Incentive Scheme, for the repair of metal downpipes and rain water heads as part of Council’s conservation management plan for the property.
Council is committed to protecting the character of our suburbs and historic buildings, and grants like this are just another way we’re continuing to invest in local suburbs.
Keeping Brisbane’s cultural heritage intact gives residents the chance to learn more about how our history has shaped the city we have today.
The repairs will prevent the deterioration of the structure, which dates back to 1935.
This building is synonymous with the industrial history of the Newstead area. It was built by famous Brisbane businessman Alan Walter Campbell and stands as a reminder of the area’s wool and shipping heritage.
The building is also significant for its more recent history as one of the first woolstores to be converted into modern apartments in the 1990s.
These woolstores represent some of Brisbane’s most desirable addresses, with the Queensland Primary Producers Woolstore converted into a complex of 66 apartments as part of urban renewal in Newstead and Teneriffe.
This urban renewal heralded the transformation of the area into a vibrant cosmopolitan precinct.
By providing this grant, Council is continuing its commitment to preserving the city’s heritage.
Since 2005 Council’s Heritage Incentive Scheme has been providing owners with free expert consultation and financial assistance to conserve heritage-listed properties.
In 2011 Council also undertook a survey to uncover the city’s nineteenth century buildings for potential inclusion in Demolition Control Precincts (DCPs).
Meanwhile late last year Council’s heritage database was launched online, giving Brisbane residents access to the city’s rich heritage at their fingertips.
Currently there are 2109 heritage-listed places across Brisbane on the City Plan Heritage Register.