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Burnham Beeches – this former art deco mansion of the Aspro King, Alfred Nicholas had lain dormant for a decade. Burnham Beeches has been described as ‘perhaps the richest example of domestic jazz style that has ever been built anywhere in the world’. The original mansion building is known in heritage circles as the Norris building, built by renowned architect Harry Norris. The mansion was extended in the 1980’s with accommodation wings for 60 rooms built and the mansion was converted into a motel and restaurant.

The current owner sought to return this mansion and its accommodation wings to its former glory and upgrade the facility to a five (5) star resort. A planning application was prepared in addition to a further application to Heritage Victoria, given its registration on the Victorian Heritage Register. The proposal is to turn the site into a “wellness centre” with spa and massage consulting rooms being located in the lower ground levels (former servants quarters), while some of the upper floors of the Norris Building will be converted into separate guest rooms.

Project Planning & Development managed the appointment and conduct of a wide variety of sub consultants such as Heritage Architects, Architects, Landscape Architects, Traffic Consultants and Building Surveyors. Heritage Alliance consultants were appointed to complete the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Norris building. Specialist landscape architects (Landscape Australia) were also required to prepare a CMP for the original gardens. Traffic consultants (Grogan Richards) were required for a new intersection Design and new parking area for 240 vehicles, while building surveyors (Integrity Building Consultants) were required to determine compliance with current regulations (fire rating, balustrade, access).

Norris building
Norris Building under construction 1930

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