Built in the 1920s, this historic art deco building in Geelong is being refurbished by Deakin University for use as student accommodation.


As part of the renovation, the building will be repainted once repairs have been completed to the facade.

The 5 storey building is constructed of brick and steel with a cement rendered facade and the clock tower is a renowned tourist attraction.

Duratec was engaged to perform repairs to large and small areas of delaminated render, steel fixings embedded in render, decorative steel protection coating works, and concrete spall and crack repairs.


  • Render test panels were provided for Heritage Victoria’s assessment and approval of the achieved surface profile with the existing.
  • Lead paint removal within the affected faced repair areas was removed and disposed of in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • We worked with hygienists to develop a safe work procedure around the asbestos mastic material which was installed in the horizontal building joints, an area requiring extensive repair.
  • Structural rehabilitation of the brickwork fabric on the rear elevations was achieved through a crack stitching process utilising Heli-Fix stainless steel anchors and bars.
  • Internal structural strengthening of the concrete floor slabs using an extensive crack injection process.
  • Successful removal and storage of heritage significant decorative steel elements such as light poles and clock tower ornaments.


  • Facade Refurbishments
  • Preservation of Heritage Structures
  • Concrete Repair

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