Brimblecombe's team specialises in some of the older trades and work on restoration, refurbishing, and practice sustainable preservation of some of Adelaide's older historic buildings - those considered to be buildings of historic significance
Terowie Railway Station - substantial conservation of building covering numerous building elements
University of Adelaide Grandstand - salt damp damage repaired, rebuilding & refurbishment of seating
Leabrook Aged Care - Substantial heritage sympathetic demolition for building reuse
BWS Mile End - Reuse of heritage elements salvaged from demolished structure – ceilings / columns and leadlight
Hahndorf Academy - Heritage sympathetic additions
Government House - Multiple stages incorporating roof repairs and restoration, the lantern, facades, windows..
The Smyth Chapel - complete interior and exterior conservation
Fos Williams Grandstand - Alberton Oval, building structure stabilisation and preservation
Temple Christian College - repurposing a heritage building to be a technical studies centre
Toll House Gate - repairing and reconstructing the remaining gate
Old Adelaide Gaol - conserving the original masonry walls
Carclew - repairing & restoring the boundary walls
Torrens Parade Ground - infrastructure repairs
Brimblecombe uses contractors with wide experience in traditional techniques of repair, preservation and restoration of our early architecture.
Repurposing an old building leaves the historical construction intact externally, while making use of the already sturdy construction. An example of this is the new Temple Christian School Technical Studies area which kept the shell of the historic brewery, while building a very modern Technical studies area - one of Brimblecombe's contributions to the preservation of Adelaide's early history. Another was the conservation of the molded ceiling in the building which now houses the Mile End BWS. The Unley Police Station and Courthouse have also been restored & preserved by Brimblecombe and repurposed by St John Ambulance
Buildings of historical importance such as the Terowie Railway Station - preserved as an icon of both early rail history in Australia and its strategic importance in WW2.
Conservation and preservation of early examples of Adelaide Buildings - such as 6-8a Rundle Mall - showcases both the talents of South Australia's early builders and the talent of the restoration team. the Adelaide University Grandstand benefited greatly from the Brimblecombe Builders' restoration works. More recently, the restoration of the remaining Toll Gate at Mount Osmond and the heritage building repairs and conservation of the Smyth Chapel at West Terrace Cemetery have further enhanced our legacy to future South Australians
Gracious homes built by Adelaide's pioneers still grace our streets and suburbs because of restoration and conservation programs, thus leaving future generations a legacy from the past eg Florence St- Salvation Army Headquarters.
Image: Salvation Army HQ.in Florence Ave
Restoration work on The Smyth Chapel, Government House and the Police Barracks at Thebarton are important examples. Each of these becomes a tourist attraction which not only benefits our state as a whole but adds further to the economy.
For an idea of the extent of restoration work carried out in Adelaide and South Australia by Brimblecombe Builders please scroll through the gallery below. Should you have need of such historic preservation, reconstruction or conservation work on public or residential properties, please contact Mike Rundell on
Below is a gallery illustrating many of the heritage projects completed by Brimblecombe Builders. By clicking on an image to see an enlarged version, it triggers a scrolling gallery. Mouse hovering over the right or left side of the image will activate the scrolling arrows.