Reimagined escalator scoops top prize at National Trust NSW’s 2018 Heritage Awards

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Chris Fox, <i>Interloop</i>, installation view, Wynyard Station (2017).

Chris Fox, Interloop, installation view, Wynyard Station (2017). Image: Josh Raymond

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Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station by Tanner Denton Kibble Architects.

Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station by Tanner Denton Kibble Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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The winners of the National Trust NSW’s 2018 Heritage Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Sydney.

Spread across a range of categories that include built works, restoration projects and publications, the awards in 2018 included a new top prize: the Outstanding Project of the Year.

The inaugural winner of the prize was Interloop, a sculpture at Sydney’s Wynyard Station that involved the repurposing of four ageing wooden escalators as a twisting installation.

The escalators were among the last wooden escalators still in service in the world. When the decision was made to remove them as part of the Cox Architecture-designed renewal of the station, they were retained and reworked into the ceiling-mounted sculpture by Sydney artist and sculptor Chris Fox.

Among the other winners was the adaptive reuse of Goonoo Goonoo Station by TKD Architects, which involved the sandwiching of a glass structure between a 19th Century century wool store and a 1950s shearing shed on a property in Tamworth. The new Glasshouse restaurant connects the previously separate structures with an events venue and restaurant.  

Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station by Tanner Denton Kibble Architects. Image:  Brett Boardman

Sean Williams, heritage architect at TKD Architects, said, “New uses for the buildings were selected to achieve the best fit, both with their former historic functions and the ability to avoid or minimise adverse physical change. 

“Original or early spaces and fabric have been retained, where possible. Where replacement materials were unavoidable, they were frequently sourced from salvaged materials on-site.”

National Trust (NSW) CEO Debbie Mills said the winners “represent some amazing achievements on the part of organizations and individuals who are dedicated to conserving, revitalizing, inspiring, educating and exciting everyone about our built and natural heritage.”

A number of individuals were also feted for their advocacy or conservation work, including broadcaster and comedian Tim Ross, who has, through his work, been a prominent advocate for Australian mid-century modernist architecture and design.

2018 Heritage Awards Winners

Outstanding Project of the Year

Interloop – a reinterpretation of 1950s escalators at Wynyard Station

Adaptive Re-use

O’Connell Street Primary School

Goonoo Goonoo Station

Conservation – Built

Hyde Park Barracks Stonework Remediation

Westpac Long Gallery 

Conservation – Landscape

Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter Cultural Landscape Assessment

Conservation Interiors and Objects

The Birdwood Flag at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle

Continuing Tradition

Interior waiting room benches at Kiama and Bulli Railway Stations

Education and Interpretation

Interloop – a reinterpretation of 1950s escalators at Wynyard Station

Convict Sydney 

Events, Exhibitions and Tours

The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney exhibition

History Here

Resources and Publications

Respecting the vision, Sydney Opera House - a Conservation Management Plan, Fourth Edition

Shack Life 

Lifetime Achievement Award

David Sheedy

Cathy Donnelly Memorial Award

Elisha Long 

Heritage Skills Award

Guido Gouverneur

Advocacy Award

Tim Ross


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