Port of Newcastle welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement of $500,000 towards the preservation and rejuvenation of the Carrington Hydraulic Engine House (the Pumphouse) and the creation of an outdoor space accessible to the community.
The funding, awarded via the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund, includes $300,000 for the creation of an outdoor plaza area in front of the building including landscaping, paving and seating and $200,000 towards the restoration of the building’s façade.
“The building is an important landmark for Carrington and our region, and Port of Newcastle is pleased to partner with the NSW Government in commencing external preservation works and creating a new landmark plaza that celebrates the building’s history,” said Port of Newcastle CEO, Geoff Crowe.
“Despite regular investment in the building by port operators over a number of years, significant repairs are needed and the building is currently fenced for safety. The Port of Newcastle team took on this challenge and developed the concept with a local architect, along with community input, to restore the exterior of this magnificent old building to its former glory, opening up the outdoor area to the community.”
“Port of Newcastle will match the government’s contribution towards the restoration of the building’s historic façade. This work is an important step in preserving this unique building.”
The interpretative space, to be located in front of the building, will include an outdoor plaza area featuring a 3D blueprint of the building’s past. Children will be able to play amid the sculptural pipe elements and explore how the building used to work. The project is due to be completed in the early part of 2018.
“We enthusiastically support the project which will encourage families to utilise the space for picnics, frequenting local shops and services and expand the profile of Carrington,” said Clare Monkley, President of the Throsby Basin Business Chamber.
“It will be great to see one of the community’s most treasured buildings have some life restored to her once again and this will create a centrepiece for Carrington’s connection to its long history and industry on which it was founded.”
Pictured: Concept illustration of the Carrington Pumphouse restoration and rejuvenation.