Paxton Colliery

Enlivening a heritage asset

Project team:
Andrew Burns, Jordan Silver, Tiffany Liew, Hannah Hill-Wade

Architecture AND are undertaking the adaptive re-use of the Paxton Colliery, a State Significant heritage item in the Hunter Valley. The project comprises refurbishment of the existing buildings to create hospitality, event and accommodation spaces. The structure and texture of the existing buildings will be celebrated, with the internal additions comprising freestanding pods with crisp materiality.

The existing bathhouse, a 500 sq.m building, will be converted into accommodation, with a central landscaped courtyard created in the centre of the footprint, with the existing trusses retained. A new courtyard will be created, incorporating a lap pool, loggia and outdoor entertaining spaces.

A light touch approach is employed throughout, undertaking selective additional to ensure that the existing forms are the centrepiece, while introducing elements to provide comfort and utility. The project has involved ongoing liaison with Cessnock City Council, including Council’s heritage advisor and townplanning team.

A new pavilion provides definition to a courtyard space