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Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Paul Davies is a heritage architect working mostly in NSW and Tasmania who has specialised in heritage and conservation projects over the last twenty years. He has a practice based in Sydney with ten staff. He has had a focus on industrial heritage since writing an undergraduate thesis on NSW railway architecture that was awarded the NSW University thesis prize. Since that time Paul has studied, recorded, restored and adapted industrial sites including hop kilns, hydro sites, power stations, fortifications, light houses, railway sites, water reticulation sites, gas works, maritime sites and shipyards, rural and farm sites. He has also undertaken many heritage studies, both thematic, such as the Tasmanian Hydro power system, and regionally based, currently completing the Campbelltown heritage study in Sydney. The thematic studies have specialised in industrial and engineering heritage.
Paul works on a range of other heritage places and is currently restoring St David's Cathedral in Hobart, designing new school facilities in Sydney and has just completed the conservation management plan for Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.
An area of particular interest is the consequences of identifying and listing heritage places and how that affects the use, management and potential adaptation of places of significance.
Paul also provides advice to government agencies on their heritage properties and has recently been a design juror on major heritage adaptation projects. He regularly appears as an expert witness in heritage matters in Appeals Courts.

Paper: Managing Active and Redundant Industrial and Engineering Heritage Sites

Abstract: Management of active and redundant industrial heritage sites, including buildings, structures, infrastructure, landscapes, settings and equipment has been and will continue to be a challenging area of heritage conservation. Most heritage sites of an industrial nature are either under threat or will be under threat in the future as they become redundant and obsolete. Collectively these sites form a large part of the heritage of the areas in which they are found and they are the most difficult of all heritage sites to protect, retain, conserve, fund and find appropriate uses for. Most successful retention and conservation programs for industrial heritage places arise from large-scale redevelopment works where retention of some part of a place is required through a consent process or as one-off actions of committed individuals or groups to save a particular site or feature. Industrial and engineering built heritage and infrastructure has not received the same focus as private or government non-industrial buildings, landscapes or precincts. Consequently much of our engineering heritage will disappear and making decisions on what to try and retain and how to manage it is important if this aspect of our heritage is to survive.

Sir Neil Cossons
Paul Davies
David Dolan
Wayne Johnson
Euan McQueen
Robert McWilliam
Duncan Waterson
David Beauchamp
Trevor Butler
Matthew Churchward
Andrew Cleland
Rachael Egerton
John Fitzmaurice
Don Fraser
John Gibson
Owen Graham
David Hamilton
Bill Harvey
Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
Paul Mahoney
Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
Peter Marquis-Kyle
Gavin McLean
Rob Merrifield
Owen Peake
Miles Pierce
John Porter
Nigel Ridgway
Tony Silke
Jim Staton
Richard Venus
Ian Walsh
Daniel Woo
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