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RPS Re-engaged for Rockpool Relocation at Sydney Heritage Site

24 July 2014

RPS Re-engaged for Rockpool Relocation at Sydney Heritage Site


The RPS Cultural Heritage team was recently re-engaged by celebrity chef Neil Perry's Rockpool group to prepare a second round of heritage assessment and approvals for additional works at the relocated Rockpool restaurant site at 11 Bridge Street, Sydney.

Bridge Street, Sydney (2009) – Burns Philp building is the stone building centre right. Image by Adam JWC. Source Wikimedia.

The State heritage listed Burns Philp Building was constructed between 1899 and 1902, with a richly carved and modelled facade in a Romanesque style and finely executed sandstone carving and interior finishes. The space now housing the Rockpool dining room was once a Shipping Hall, but at the time Rockpool signed the lease the space was grimy and run-down with crude modern additions throughout.

RPS was commissioned to undertake the planning approvals required to upgrade the State heritage listed building, which included the preparation of paint analysis reporting and a heritage interpretation plan for the site in accordance with Heritage Council approvals. The revamped space was opened five weeks after Neil signed the lease, with the press complimenting the contemporary New York feel and dark luxe sophistication of the room.

Neil’s team are now proposing the construction of a test kitchen with wine storage in a previously unused space upstairs, and have re-engaged the Cultural Heritage team to guide them through the process.

Image credit: "Bridge street sydney new south wales" by Adam.J.W.C. - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license via Wikimedia Commons Web Specific corporate branding where occurring has been removed from this use of the image. Image is licensed and reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

Mersey Gateway Bridge reaches Financial Close

17 July 2014

Mersey Gateway Bridge reaches Financial Close


The Mersey Gateway Bridge project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a new tolled bridge over the River Mersey in the northwest of England. It is being proposed as an economic driver to regeneration of the Mersey Port area. The project also encompasses the installation and operation of tolling facilities for the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge (SJB).

The project has now reached financial close for the winning consortium of Macquarie Capital, Germany’s Bilfinger Project Investments Europe and Spain’s FCC. RPS together with Sweett are appointed Technical Advisors to Macquarie Capital to carry out due diligence at various milestone stages prior to release of funding. New Civil Engineer reports this week that the successful consortium offered to build the bridge for $400m less than budgeted by the Government in 2011. The cost of the construction phase of the project is now estimated at $900m.

The design is based on a cable-stay structure similar to the second Severn Crossing but with three towers. It will be 1km in length across the river and the canals. Three piers in the river will carry the two 300m long outer spans that will cross the naturally occurring deeper water channels of the river at either bank. These will be supported by cable stays attached to towers that rise to 135m above the river bed. The design for the bridge has been selected from a wide range of options. It was chosen because it will bring maximum benefits for users and local people and has a minimal impact on the estuary and its surrounding environment.

The project is expected to help create thousands of new jobs, secure inward investment to the area and deliver important regeneration benefits. The new bridge will improve public transport links across the River Mersey and encourage the increased use of cycling and walking. The project will be over 70% funded by the private sector and part-funded by the Department for Transport and Halton Borough Council. The project may also qualify for government funding under the UK Guarantee Scheme.


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