State Library of NSW – Macquarie Wing

Quick Facts:

CLIENT: NSW Public Works
ARCHITECT: Government Architects Office

  • refurbishment of existing reading room envelopes
  • conducting all refurbishment while library was still operational
  • repointing the heritage-listed atrium wall
  • inserting a mechanical supply air vent into the existing heritage sandstone wall
  • modifying the sprinkler system while keeping it operational so as to avoid causing damage and flooding to the building
Project Details:

When the NSW Public Works department wanted to refurbish the existing State Library of NSW, they turned to Lahey.

The refurbishment works were undertaken while the library was fully operational, and included a decanting and staging sequence. Lahey was also responsible for asbestos removal works, with no disruption to the library’s operation.

The works focused on renovating existing reading room envelopes, and included adding new glazed and fixed partitioning, replacing and configuring furniture layout, and supplying and installing new joinery items for service points and equipment as nominated.

We also needed to make adjustments to lighting fixtures, repaint walls, replace carpet, reconfigure staff areas – including workstations – and provide operations and maintenance manuals for the new areas.

Lahey worked closely with all stakeholders to ensure the success of the project, and also worked closely with the designers to advise on buildability aspects and overcome services clashes on site.



  • Suite 2.08, 55 Miller St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009


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