State Library of NSW – Macquarie Wing


Quick Facts:

CLIENT: NSW Public Works
ARCHITECT: Government Architects Office

  • Refurbishment of existing reading room envelopes.
  • Undertaking all refurbishment in a live environment while library was still operational.
  • Repointing the heritage-listed atrium wall.
  • Inserting a mechanical supply air vent into existing heritage sandstone wall.
  • Modifying the sprinkler system while keeping it operational so as to avoid causing damage and flooding to the building.
  • Asbestos removal works with no disruption to library operation.

Project Details:

When the NSW Public Works department wanted to refurbish the existing State Library of NSW, the department turned to Lahey Constructions. The refurbishment works were undertaken while the library was fully operational, and included a decanting and staging sequence.

The works involved renovating existing reading room envelopes, 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 adjusted lighting fixtures, repainted walls, replaced carpet, and reconfigured staff areas and workstations.

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


  • (02) 9509 3333