SRA embraces AFC history in final redevelopment project
12 January 2011
Celebrating the rich history of Australian Fine China (AFC) continued late last year with the completion of works to relocate the kiln ready for interpretation into an exciting mixed use development.
Subiaco Redevelopment Authority (SRA) Chief Executive Officer Tony Morgan said the AFC site reflected a significant piece of Subiaco’s history and that interpretation of heritage values was a key objective of the project.
“Exciting developments that attract interest in the marketplace comprise a natural blend of old and new, delivering unique and attractive places for people to live, work and socialise,” Mr Morgan said.
“The SRA will encourage creativity from potential developers in how these valuable heritage elements are incorporated into future developments on the site.”
AFC was a significant local employer for more than 80 years until closing its doors in 2006. A detailed Heritage Conservation and Interpretation plan developed by Godden Mackay Logan (GML), in consultation with the Heritage Council of WA, outlines a number of initiatives that will assist in telling the AFC story.
Mr Morgan said contractors had been on site since late November to carefully cut the kiln into sections, relocate it temporarily on site and demolish the structure that housed the kiln.
“The foundations of the old bottle kiln, as well as the original Calyx Porcelain factory walls and tunnel kiln will also be conserved and retained on site to recognise Australia’s largest manufacturer of porcelain tableware.”
“Much of the future street furniture for the development has been designed from the shapes of the wares produced by AFC.”
“A range of artefacts collected from the site, including display pieces such as raw pottery and moulds, will also be required to be displayed to the public.”
When complete, the AFC site is expected to be home to a population of approximately 560 people, with up to 2,300 people also expected to work in the area.
AFC is one of the final stages of the nationally awarded Subi Centro regeneration project, which boasts beautifully landscaped public open spaces, residential streets, and commercial and mixed use precincts, on land that only 15 years ago was derelict and largely used by industry.
You can find footage of the kiln removal, works updates, information about the AFC project and heritage conservation on our website.