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Major engineering project underway at Port Arthur landmark

21/02/2014

One of Tasmania’s most recognisable landmarks, the Penitentiary at Port Arthur, is being conserved in an engineering project costing more than $7million. The works, which are expected to take around ten months, are required to ensure that the ruin, once the largest building in Tasmania, endures for generations to come.


The works are being carried out by Tasmanian contractor Hansen & Yunken, which won a competitive tender process.


Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) Board, Professor Sharon Sullivan AO said the Historic Site would remain open and operate as normal while the works are carried out.


“For visitors, it will be an exciting time to come to Port Arthur. Displays and talks by heritage staff will explain what is being done and why,” said Professor Sullivan.


Professor Sullivan said that finding the right mix of skills to manage and carry out the work needed has itself been a major undertaking.


 “Opportunities for Tasmanian firms have been maximised by the appointment of a Tasmanian Managing Contractor, who will, in consultation with the heritage professionals at Port Arthur, engage highly skilled and qualified subcontractors to undertake much of the delicate, conservation work.”


“I am confident that an excellent choice of managing contractor has been made to be entrusted with this precious and unique project.”


More information on the Penitentiary Conservation Project is available at www.portarthur.org.au/penitentiaryprecinct

Major engineering project underway at Port Arthur landmark

Chair of the PAHSMA Board, Professor Sharon Sullivan, AO, with members of PAHSMA's conservation team and representatives of contractors Hansen and Yunken after the signing of the contracts

Major engineering project underway at Port Arthur landmark

The project will ensure that the ruin, once the largest building in Tasmania, endures for generations to come.