Expert team helping heritage beauty shine through in Warwick
THE Warwick Railway Station is literally under wraps at the moment, as a highly-skilled team work to restore the heritage-listed building to its original glory.
Scaffolding and tarpaulins shield the building, which was first constructed during the 1880s.
Brisbane heritage restoration expert Brian Maxwell is in charge of the job and expects work will continue for another month.
"We've been here for three weeks so far,” he said.
"Our first job is to strip the paint from the two chimneys and portico entrance of the station,” he said.
"This is a particularly painstaking job as we need to be very careful to conserve the original fabric of the structure, in this case the cement below.
"Once we've done that then we repair any cosmetic issues like chips and cracks before applying a traditional and original finish, in this case a lime wash.”
Mr Maxwell's company, Heritage Plaster Restoration, travels around the country bringing old buildings back to life.
The last job they undertook was a mammoth 12-week restoration of Kingaroy's War Memorial.
They've also restored a long list of railway stations for Queensland Rail.
"I love to preserve and protect this beautiful old buildings,” Mr Maxwell said.
"It's also a chance for us to promote the wonderful heritage and history of these buildings.
"It also gives these buildings a renewed purpose, that they might find new life with new beginnings.
"Take this Warwick Railway Station as an example, it's barely used, but once it's all done up, maybe Queensland Rail will see a new purpose for it.”
Mr Maxwell said he had a number of fellowships based around his work with heritage buildings and monuments.
"I've been awarded a Churchill and an ISSI fellowship,” he said.
"These are awarded after an interview process where you're requested to discuss your skill set and show how further study with experts in other countries would assist your work in Australia.
"Part of my responsibility is to come back to Australia with these new skills and pass them on.
"As a result of that I'm in the process of setting up a program to teach the art and intricacies of heritage restoration.
"We'd love the community to know what's going on here and hopefully they can get in Queensland Rail's ear and get these beautiful buildings used more often.”