California Gully Primary Stage 1

California Gully Primary Stage 1

Project Data




Y2 Architecture


12 months


$4.4 million


Dec 2023

The refurbishment at California Gully Primary School renews an existing heritage building to revitalised beauty. Works successfully completed for VSBA, include extensions and refurbishments to the existing heritage building and heritage area, and a newly refurbished existing BER building.

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Fairbrother fully reconstructed the veranda, including the original slate roof of the heritage building. The project team also built a new community building, to expand the primary heritage structure. The project features comprehensive heritage repair, completed under a permit from Heritage Victoria, repairs to the slate roofing, recladding of the heritage bell tower, restoration of decorative timber mouldings, corbel repair and replacement and lime-base repointing.  


The project site presented a substantial volume of contaminated soil, which required careful management and removal, in compliance with environmental regulations. The project team carefully coordinated the safe removal of asbestos dust found in the slate roof. In addition, Fairbrother completely rebuilt the heritage veranda without disturbing the slate roof. As an innovative solution, the carpentry team meticulously handcrafted over 50 unique timber mouldings and created corbels to complement the solid cast heritage corbels. Similarly, after discovering a leak in the bell tower, Fairbrother collaborated with Heritage Victoria to reclad the affected areas using approved materials and ensure minimal disruption the integrity of the heritage building.  


This project achieves a 15% expansion to the school learning space and comprehensively restores the grand heritage façade and returning veranda. In addition to delivering a new irrigation system to the school’s inaugural turfed area. Beyond enhancing the school, this project sets the stage for future expansions to the school and provides the local community with a restored piece of heritage architecture, worthy of community pride. 

Previous project: St Joseph's College