The redevelopment of Launceston’s Macquarie House is complete, and the doors will open to the public between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, June 29 for a sneak peek.
Originally built in 1829-30, Macquarie House has been transformed over the past 12 months into an innovation, entrepreneurship and technology hub, which still celebrates its heritage importance to the city.
Macquarie House was integral to the success of the first settlement of Melbourne and was the place where the provisions were housed and planning was undertaken in advance of that venture.
The redevelopment has been supported by the Launceston City Deal, with the project overseen by Vos Construction and Joinery. The four-level sandstone brick building has been fully restored and refurbished under the project, taking it back to its original open floor configuration.
Fire detection and sprinkler systems have been installed, new roof infrastructure and insulation is in place, and NBN and other IT infrastructure has been installed.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the project had involved the construction of a new timber-clad annexe at the rear of Macquarie House, featuring stairs, elevators, toilets, and utility infrastructure.
“We’ve retained a huge amount of the original building, which still features original timber and brick work, and is a fascinating glimpse into the past,” Mayor van Zetten said.
“Now Macquarie House is going to be a new home for Enterprize Tasmania, teaching people new skills, creating new pathways for potential start-ups and new businesses, and creating new links in our community.
“The lower level includes a modern commercial kitchen, while public toilets are located on the North-East corner of the building, and are expected to open in coming weeks. “This project breathes new life into one of Launceston’s most historic buildings and I’m thrilled to see its doors opening to the public once more, with a renewed purpose.”
The Macquarie House open day will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 1pm, and tours will depart every 15 minutes throughout that period.