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Cairns Cruise Terminal wins Heritage Awards

September 7, 2011

The Cairns Cruise Terminal, designed by Arkhefield and Total Project Group, receives two heritage awards from the National Trust of Queensland.

The redesign of the Cairns Cruise Terminal in Far North Queensland has been awarded two significant heritage awards from the National Trust of Queensland.

The project, designed by Brisbane-based Arkhefield in association with Cairns practice Total Project Group Architects, was presented with the John Herbert Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Nomination and a Gold Queensland Heritage Council Award for Heritage Conservation at the awards, held in Brisbane on 25 August.

The terminal is housed in the heritage-listed wharf shed 3, originally constructed between 1912 and 1914. The shed was part of a sequence of sheds servicing Cairns port operations and was one of the first concrete wharves to be built in Australia.

Arkhefield and Total Project Group’s project embraces the heritage fabric of the building, with new insertions and openings designed to enhance the original structure. Steel frame glass windows have been inserted into the exterior of the shed, revealing the inner timber structure of the building to the exterior and allowing natural light into the interior.

The project forms part of a larger vision for the renewal of the industrial waterfront of Cairns, and is one of the biggest infrastructure projects to be completed in Cairns in recent years. The project also received the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) State Award for Heritage Architecture at the AIA 2011 Queensland Architecture Awards.

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