• Facelift for Government
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    The State Government’s iconic public service building, Dumas House, has received a facelift with restoration work to the facade and podium (the building base).

    The building, which received an extensive interior refurbishment in 2012, houses the Department of Finance, the Public Sector Commission, offices of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Regional Development and most Government ministers.

    Opened in 1966 and Heritage Council of WA listed in 2000, the building has a structural steel frame and is clad in concrete and granite. The distinctive exterior of the office block's long north and south faces features balcony platforms with concrete columns extending two metres forward of the walls and windows from all 14 storeys.

    Over more than 50 years, the heat, cold, wind and rain deteriorated the building's exterior in its exposed position north of Kings Park, the materials reached the end of their useful life and needed to be repaired or replaced.

    The work included replacement of all spandrel panels (the pre-cast concrete front pieces of the balconies); improvements to the soffits (the ‘ceilings’ of the balcony platforms); and water proofing, drainage repairs and gutter improvements. On the narrow east and west faces of the building, damage to the glazed terracotta blocks will be remedied.

    Repairs were also required to the building podium which leaked rainwater into the uppermost of two basement levels underneath the building and forecourt.

    The project began with investigative works early in 2015 to determine the extent and nature of the repair and replacement works required; and works were completed on 31 July 2018. Works included remediation of more extensive damage than was initially expected, and the construction of a new entrance canopy.

    More information on Dumas House

    Dumas House May 2012
    Published date: 10 March 2015