Alford Builders were engaged to de-construct the Japanese Room(Heritage Listed Room) from within the old Architecture Building and place all materials into storage (all items were carefully wrapped up in specialist material to preserve the timbers whilst new building was being constructed).
We were then engaged to re-construct the Japanese Room to its former glory in the newly built Melbourne School of Design Building. We were given a blank shell within the Brookfield Multiplex site during their construction. We took great detail during our de-construct phase which was a huge help for the re-construct. There were many on-going repairs required to the aged and weathered materials, our experienced tradesman had no issues taking care of this quality craftmanship work.
We had regular dealings with the original Architects from Japan and also manufacturers in Japan of some new Shoji & Fusuma Screens required for the project. We take great pride in this very significant project as Alford Builders were hand-picked by the University of Melbourne as their preferred Heritage Builder to carry out the works.
A heritage listed historic site in Victoria – the Abbotsford Convent and its 11 buildings were once one of the State’s largest operating Catholic Convents; today these buildings have been transformed into various spaces including Café’s, Galleries, Artists, Musicians, Schools and various other institutions.
Alford Builders have been a major part in the Convent’s past 10+ years since it has been brought back to life by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation. Alford Builders look after the maintenance of all the heritage buildings. Alford Builders have also carried out a number of Construction Managed projects for the Convent to bring buildings back to life and provide necessary occupancy requirements.
These buildings and their maintenance take particular care and Alford Builders have always and are continuing to provide the Convent with the skills and knowledge they require to carry out looking after the precious buildings.