Victoria Barracks living quarters, Paddington

Client: Department of Defence

Project: Refurbishment of Victoria Barracks living quarters

Murphy’s completed a $1.7 million refurbishment of the living quarters of the Heritage Listed Victoria Barracks in Sydney for the Department of Defence.

Through this heritage restoration project, Murphy’s demonstrated an extremely high level skill in terms of workmanship, service and project management.

The 7-month project was coordinated by a project management team and carried out by a team of 8 tradespeople.

The scope included conventional external heritage works:

  • slate re-roofing
  • replacing guttering, and
  • height safety lines to roof areas.

Internal works included:

  • roof framing modifications
  • repainting
  • ceiling repairs, and
  • other minor repairs.


Victoria Barracks is an occupied Heritage Listed building.

It is the best-known example of military architecture in Australia and widely considered to be one of the best examples of a military barracks in the world.

Given the historical significance of the sandstone and slate roofed buildings, all works had to be sympathetic to the appearance of the barracks.

Consideration was also given to the fact that the building is in use as the Headquarters of the High Command.

This meant it was necessary to complete the project on schedule and to cause minimal disruption to staff.

Project systems used:

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