Wayzgoose building to be restored

Wayzgoose development: The historic building will be redeveloped into three separate premises, keeping as much of the heritage features as possible.

Wayzgoose development: The historic building will be redeveloped into three separate premises, keeping as much of the heritage features as possible.

The architect who has drawn up plans for the restoration of the Wayzgoose building in Leura has kept as many of the historic features as possible.

Katoomba-based Simon Hearn was engaged by council to find a way to save the more than 100-year-old building in Leura Mall, which had badly deteriorated.

Under his plans – now on exhibition in a DA – the building’s walls, roof, awning, verandahs and much of the internal fixtures will be retained.

“The building itself isn’t heritage listed – although potentially that might change,” Mr Hearn said. “It isn’t a well preserved or unique example of its type, however, it does make an important contribution to the Leura Conservation Area.

“We’re intending to preserve the entire building as far as is practicable,” he said.

The only part to be demolished will be a lean-to at the back, which was added much later than the original.

“The strategy is to retain the main building and then to make additions which are sympathetic to that building.”

Council had initially decided to demolish. In response, the owner of the Wayzgoose cafe, Mark Alchin, started a petition to save it, gathering more than 9,000 signatures.

Mr Hearn said the campaign had been successful.

“It is a peaceful and harmonious outcome… It aims to preserve and enhance the site, providing an appropriate and economically viable solution for the future.”

Mr Hearn, an experienced architect, has worked in the Mountains for more than a decade. He designed the new entrance to the Mechanics Hall at Lawson. He urged people to look at the DA.

“This is an opportunity for the community to make a positive contribution to the future of this publicly owned property.”

Mr Alchin also urged those who have previously expressed their opposition to the process to examine the DA and make a submission. 

The DA can be viewed at council chambers or online at bmcc.nsw.gov.au/da-onexhibition. The building is 170-174 Leura Mall. It is on exhibition until January 28.

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