Breathing new life into Banksian House

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Breathing new life into Banksian House

DDR Australia has restored an important part of Darwin’s heritage by refurbishing one of its famous houses.

Located on RAAF Base Darwin in the Northern Territory, Banksian House is part of
a residential precinct significant for its direct association with Australia’s military effort in
World War II.

Constructed between 1940 and 1941, the building initially housed the base’s commanding officer and has survived both air attacks during the war and Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The house is now used as VIP premises and a meeting facility, and has hosted the Queen, the Pope and a US president.

DDR’s refurbishment of Banksian House included structural repair works; roofing and cladding; internal and external coatings; electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and civil works; joinery; finishes; and landscaping. It was important for DDR’s restoration to retain the property’s heritage, while remaining in line with its intended use as VIP accommodation.

The house incorporates design features that interact with Darwin’s tropical climate. DDR was sure to preserve these elements, which include open internal screens, extensive windows and open planning. The building’s original, timber floors were restored to near-new condition, as was the art-deco staircase.

As well as adhering to a heritage management plan, DDR ensured all works were structurally compliant. The company worked closely with the client and managed the construction team to deliver solutions that met structural standards.

This is DDR’s 17th heritage refurbishment in the Northern Territory – a sign that the company is building a reputation for the delivery of high-quality, timely projects. DDR looks forward to taking on other refurbishment projects in the future, in both Darwin and beyond.


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