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Architectural Advice and Conservation Works

GJM Heritage has extensive experience in providing heritage consultant services for conserving and sensitively adapting heritage places.  Our experience includes the successful adaptation of redundant heritage buildings into vibrant commercial and civic uses through imaginative adaptive reuse – informed by our understanding of the principles of environmentally sustainable design (ESD) and universal access.  We can also provide high quality conservation architecture advice and draughting services to solve your repair, maintenance and conservation issues including condition surveys, maintenance schedules, works schedules and specifications.

We can prepare and lodge all documentation necessary for local, state or national heritage and planning approvals to get your project underway as quickly as possible.  Throughout the approvals process we will work with you, your other consultants and the regulatory agencies to get the best possible outcome. Once a project has been approved, we will work with your architect, engineer, builder or specialist tradesperson to deliver a quality outcome for your important heritage asset.

Heritage Policy, Strategy and Master Plans

We are experienced in the development of heritage policy and strategy and in providing specialist heritage input into land use and development master plans (including site specific master plans, Precinct Structure Plans, Activity Centre Structure Plans and World Heritage Management & Strategy Plans). At a state level we have been instrumental in the preparation of the previous state-wide heritage strategy, the Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Threshold Guidelines, the Landscapes of Cultural Heritage Significance: Assessment Guidelines and a series of policy documents relating to the interpretation of the Heritage Act 1995. All three Directors played a key role in the development and implementation of the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens World Heritage Management and Strategy Plans. At a local level we have prepared and delivered local heritage policies and strategies.

GJM Heritage’s directors been leading contributors to technical guidance and studies on specific conservation issues and techniques including national standards and disability and universal access.

Strategic Advice on Major Projects

GJM Heritage brings together a unique set of skills and experience in navigating the statutory heritage and planning approvals for major projects that impact on or integrate heritage places.  We understand the complexity of major development and infrastructure projects, the delivery pressures on proponents and developers, and can provide clients with strategic heritage advice to achieve an optimal outcome for both the project and the heritage place.

In recent years we have been heavily involved in the heritage aspects of some of Victoria’s most significant infrastructure and development projects including the CUB site redevelopment, the East West Link (Eastern Section) and Melbourne Metro Projects amongst others.

Heritage Management Planning

Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) guide future care, use and change of heritage assets and are a key tool in the conservation / development process. We can deliver cost-effective CMPs that are not only practical but user friendly. As well as authoring and contributing to CMPs GJM directors have published internationally on the theory and practice of conservation management planning.

Heritage Studies

We undertake heritage significance assessments for local and state government. At a state level we have overseen the delivery of hundreds of assessments for places as diverse and complex as Royal Park, the Orica Explosives factory, Cockatoo Kindergarten, Hanging Rock and Total House. At a local level, we have assisted in the preparation of heritage studies for various Local Government Authorities including the City of Whittlesea, City of Banyule and the City of Boroondara.

Heritage Advocacy and Appeals

GJM Heritage’s directors have a deep understanding of how to work with all levels of government to ensure high quality and sensitive heritage development is approved. We are skilled advocates able to guide proposals from inception to completion, including through appeals processes. We can assist in the preparation of expert evidence and liaising with legal representatives as well as presenting material to VCAT, Planning Panels and the Heritage Council.

General Heritage Advice

Our breadth of experience enables us to provide high quality and responsive heritage advice on a range of matters including local government approvals, grant application preparation or assessment and heritage program development and implementation.

For more about the services GJM Heritage offer see

GJM Heritage – Statement of Experience 

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