DIMMEY’S REDEVELOPMENT

COMPLETED: February 2015

PROJECT DETAILS:

LOCATION: 140 – 160 SWAN ST, RICHMOND, VIC
CLIENT: LOVELL CHEN
COMMENCEMENT DATE: APRIL 2014

ABOUT:

Dimmey’s has been a Richmond landmark since 1878, with its famous clocktower constructed in 1910. It is an example of the American Romanesque style developed in the mid-19th century and made famous by simplified round arches and semicircular arches on the windows. HBS Group undertook the façade restoration of this iconic Richmond building.

HIGHLIGHTS & INPUTS:

Scaffold access.

Designed and constructed a detailed encapsulation, and installed guttering system on the scaffold to catch contaminated water and debris run-off during paint removal. Façade paint removed from all brick and rendered surfaces.

Repointed missing joints to match original.

Tuck pointed the Swan St façade and clocktower.

Replaced missing brickwork.

Removed and replaced decaying metal spandrels on windows.

Deglazed windows.

Lead-based paint individually hand scraped from windows. Missing and decayed sections of windows repaired and replaced, and repainted and reglazed in a mixture of laminate and double glazing.

Windows requiring double glazing were modified and new timber transoms and glazing beads installed to suit the new glass thickness.

Reconstructed missing windows to match original design and profiles.

Cleaned and made operable original window furniture; and where required sourced, supplied and installed new window furniture to match.

Reran delaminating rendered surfaces including arch moulds.

Reinstated the painted ‘Dimmey’s’ signage at the rear of the building, ensuring an exact match with the original size, spacing and font.

All rendered elements protected using a pigmented washcoat.

The intricate Swan St canopy with cast iron posts and frieze was designed, constructed and reinstated based on photographs of the original design.