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Mackays Aerated Waters Factory (fmr), Perth (1928, 1943, 1962)

Aerial view of some of the solar panels on Mackays Aerated Waters Factory

The former Mackays Aerated Water Factory was one of a number of locally based soft drink manufacturers that thrived in Western Australia in the early 20th century, prior to the domination of the market by multinational companies.

A local landmark, the factory was sold and used for various purposes from the 1960s until the late 1990s, when it became vacant and succumbed to vandalism and squatting.

In 2008, work began to transform the derelict factory into a vibrant 6,320sqm mixed use development, incorporating 35 apartments, an office and a retail outlet. The project, guided by a Conservation Plan, was completed in 21 months at a cost of $14 million.

Sustainable design features were at the heart of this conservation and development project including rainwater harvesting, solar gas-boosted hot water heating, a 10kW communal photo voltaic system and an edible garden in the courtyard for residents to enjoy.

The project retained original masonry, two facades built in the 1940s and a number of boundary walls. Original timber trusses were reused or kept for other heritage projects. Bricks were salvaged and reused along the Little Parry Street façade and the sheoak stair treads and handrails were salvaged and machined from trees felled during extensions to the South West Highway.

The Square One Apartments project is an excellent example of a sustainable adaptive reuse project that has transformed a factory into stunning, contemporary apartments whilst preserving, enhancing and interpreting the industrial heritage of the site.

It has revitalised the surrounding area by bringing new residents and employees into the area while improving safety through more lighting and activity. Graffiti and tagging has reduced by providing a ‘blank canvas’ on the attached warehouse for local street artists to paint.

Square One Apartments has received numerous building awards including the 2012 Western Australian Heritage Award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse: The Gerry Gauntlett Award.

Read more about Mackays Aerated Water Factory by downloading the Register Entry and Assessment Documentation. 

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