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.
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.