Plan to breathe life into old Maylands Brickworks

The State Heritage Office is investigating possible future uses for the Maylands brickworks site.
The State Heritage Office is investigating possible future uses for the Maylands brickworks site.

THE disused Maylands Brickworks site could be transformed into an “economic asset” for the City of Bayswater, according to the State Heritage Office.

The City-owned and managed brickworks, which include one of only a handful of remaining Hoffman kilns in Australia, has remained vacant since 1984.

The council last week approved stage one of the enhancement and redevelopment of the 26,672sq m site, at no cost to ratepayers.

The State Heritage Office will now develop maintenance and development options, consult with stakeholders and create a feasibility study.

It would then present stage two for the council’s approval – a structure plan and assistance for the City to dispose some or all of the land.

The Office would finance the work, but also share in the sale proceeds.

In a letter to the City, State Heritage Office heritage works director Michael Betham said the brickworks site had “excellent potential to contribute positively to the amenity of the Maylands area and to become an economic asset for the City”.

State Heritage Office executive director Graeme Gammie said Maylands Brickworks was a potential project for the heritage works revolving fund program which aimed to revitalise disused government-owned State-registered heritage places.

“There are likely to be multiple conceivable ways of reactivating the heritage structures in creative and integrated ways for maximum heritage, amenity and financial benefits,” he said.

Other projects carried out through the fund included the Warders Cottages in Fremantle, where the Office spent $3.3 million and helped turn the convict-built terraces into private residential, small offices and commercial sites.

Two early concepts have been offered to the City – one within the current brickworks site, the other to extend to public land.

The site and its surrounds includes the kiln building, large drying sheds, pug mill, a large area of vacant land, Maylands Golf Course clubhouse and Lake Bungana.

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