Restoration & Interiors

Re-use and refurbishment of old building stock is sustainable in many respects. It promotes heritage conservation, gives economic benefit, promotes resource conservation and urban upliftment, and offers an opportunity for technical improvement. Much of Co-Arc’s work involves refurbishment, retrofitting and interior design. A good example is the Johannesburg Art Gallery , a heritage building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, which won the firm a Conservation Award for the restoration of the old structure, as well as a Merit Award for the new additions. A similar approach of alteration and addition to old structures, with interior design was followed for both the Standard Bank Gallery and the Everard Read Gallery , both in Johannesburg. Recent examples include the conversion of an old apartment block into the Colosseum Hotel in Pretoria, and the conversion of an old community Hall into the new Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council Chamber , a project which earned us a merit award in 2006. Restoration approaches also guide some of our social developmental involvement, as illustrated by alterations and additions for the Alexandra Clinic , a community-based primary Healthcare facility, and the award winning urban design framework for Marabastad in Pretoria.