Former Officer’s Mess, Georges Heights

Client: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Trust

Project: Refurbishment of the former Officer’s Mess at Georges Heights

Murphy’s was engaged by the Harbour Trust to carry out a $500,000 refurbishment of the Heritage Listed Officer’s Mess at Georges Heights.

These successfully completed works are an example of Murphy’s high level of expertise in managing and carrying out heritage restoration projects.

The project management team worked closely with a Heritage Architect during this 5-month project and the work was carried out by a team of 10 tradespeople.

Heritage restoration works included:

  • structural rectification to roofing
  • asbestos removal
  • new slate roofing
  • copper guttering
  • internal painting, and
  • structural steel works.


The 1871 Officer’s Mess precinct at Georges Heights is culturally significant as it played an important role in the strategic defence of Sydney and is a valuable Sydney Harbour landmark.

Given the heritage significance of the buildings, an experienced team was needed to ensure the work was carried out in a sympathetic and historically faithful way.

The scope of works was very broad and the team faced restricted site access.

George’s Heights is also part of a rare remnant of fragile natural environment, so environmental considerations were also of upmost importance during this project.

The presence of asbestos meant additional care and hazardous materials procedures had to be put in place.

Project systems used:

  • WHS
  • Safety induction
  • Quality Assurance, and
  • Environmental Systems.
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