Newington Armory

Client: Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Project: Armory building refurbishment and asbestos management

Murphy’s were engaged by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) to undertake this $1,500,000 project to refurbish and remove asbestos from seven of the buildings in the Newington Armory.

The project scope of works involved:

  • the controlled removal of corrugated asbestos roof sheets
  • installation of new metal roof sheets
  • flashings and cappings, and
  • other miscellaneous works.

Murphy’s worked with trained asbestos removers and in line with licenced asbestos safety and environmental controls.

Despite problematic weather conditions, the project was finished ahead of schedule, the environment was protected from hazardous materials and there was no time lost to injury or safety issues.

The client was impressed with the communication throughout the project, as well as the excellent standard of our work and sensitivity to the heritage value of the buildings.


Newington Armory is the former Royal Australian Naval Armaments Depot (RANAD) and includes more than 100 heritage buildings.

Murphy’s worked closely with the client’s project manager and to specifications to ensure all works were in keeping with the original character and did not compromise the heritage value of the buildings.

The 52-hectare site is managed by SOPA as a venue for performing and visual arts. Community members and visitors come to the site to work alongside local and international artists.

It was therefore important to ensure the safety of those using the area while the asbestos was being removed.

Asbestos roof removal

Understandably, SOPA had major concerns about the removal of the corrugated asbestos cement roof sheeting.

Murphy’s is licenced to remove and dispose of asbestos and our capabilities are demonstrated through our portfolio of past work. As such, we were able to allay the client’s fears.

In addition, as part of Murphy’s ISO9001 accredited corporate quality management system, inspection and test plans were developed and employed for each building so that hygienist clearances, checks and key workmanship hold points were achieved.

  • All Murphy’s personnel were fully trained and experienced in asbestos removal.
  • Our asbestos removal supervisors received additional training.
  • We developed a Project Specific Management Plan and Asbestos Removal Control Plan in consultation with the client.
  • Safe Work Method Statements were developed for each of the different style buildings.
  • All work was conducted behind temporary fences and barricades.
  • Trained personnel were protected using P2 masks, type 5 disposable coveralls and gloves.
  • Strict personnel decontamination methods were followed.
  • The asbestos cement sheeting was sprayed with PVA glue solution to fix down any loose fibres.
  • The sheets were handled gently and with extreme care.
  • Air monitoring was in place through the process at each building.
  • All readings were taken by NATA accredited hygienists and licence asbestos assessors.

Buildings 190-194 and building 15 were set alongside the Parramatta river. Additional shade cloth and black plastic was used to ensure no materials or tools entering the waterway.

The asbestos sheets, flashing, cappings and used protective equipment were wrapped in two layers of 200-micron plastic, sealed with duct tape and disposed of at a licenced asbestos disposal facility. Receipts were retained as proof of compliant disposal.

Metal roof replacement

The roof replacement work was carried out by experienced trade qualified metal roofers.

BlueScope Steel Lysaght roof sheeting products were used. This included new ridge capping and guttering.

Murphy’s ensured the heritage features of the buildings were preserved.

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