Outside the historic Armadale Post Office before restoration commenced.
11 December 2013

New life for an historic Armadale icon

  • Armadale

Armadale's former Post Office is set for a new lease on life as the MRA prepares to transform the building to its former glory.

MRA Chief Executive Officer Kieran Kinsella said the 19th century Armadale Post and Telegraph Office had always been earmarked as an integral part of Armadale’s urban renewal.

“The Post Office is one of the most recognisable buildings in the area with a unique character and history for many local residents,” he added.

“When the site was purchased by the former Armadale Redevelopment Authority in 2008, it was always intended that the historical fabric of the original building be retained and restored for use into the future,” Mr Kinsella said. 

“The building is perfectly located at the end of the Jull Street Mall – in the heart of the city centre – and will be a key feature of the next generation of Armadale’s redevelopment.”

Mr Kinsella said by mid-2014 the prime site would be the new local premises for the authority following a $1million refurbishment that will see some of original building restored and retained, including its wooden floors, high ceilings and small safe.

A contract has been awarded to Classic Contractors who commenced works earlier this month with completion expected by June 2014. The building, which has had substantial alterations over the past century, features a terracotta tile gabled roof and arched entrance which will be retained. The entrance works will also see some of the building’s original brickwork exposed and restored, new windows fitted and upgrades to the existing staircase.

Inside, the fit-out will cater for the MRA team – offering 14 open plan offices with scope for future expansion, a staff room, showers and toilets, storage spaces, an alfresco area, and reception. 

Armadale is one of Western Australia’s largest and most ambitious urban renewal projects. The Armadale Redevelopment Area comprises a portfolio of six separate urban redevelopment sites, including Armadale Central, Champion Lakes, Forrestdale Business Park East and West, Champion Drive and Kelmscott.