“The vision is to ‘transform these buildings sensitively while keeping their souls.’”

Ian LomasPrincipal, Make


Design Group: Construction Architecture
Digital Enterprise: Design


Sector: Hotel | Mixed Use
Size: 30,000sqm | 250 keys
Construction Cost: $300m
Architect: MAKE Architects
Developer: Pontiac Land Group


The challenge presented by the two Sydney sandstones – the 19th century Department of Lands and Department of Education buildings – is to transform these once ‘off-limits to the public’ heritage buildings into an iconic world-class hotel utilising the latest technology whilst preserving their unique historical heart. It’s a classic story of old heart, new tech.

The vision of Ian Lomas, principal of UK-based architecture firm, Make, is to transform these buildings ‘sensitively while keeping their souls’ and to work with ‘what is best for the building, not building to the maximum’.

Ridley’s role is to work as Executive Architect from the concept phase through to completion, injecting the latest digital building technology into the project. In order to model the existing conditions, the Ridley team took laser scans of the buildings in order to build a comprehensive model of the existing heritage buildings and then is transforming this into a working BIM model which will be used to guide the full design and construction process through to final handover.