The skilled artisans at Heritage Stoneworks practise the ancient craft of stonemasonry. They handcraft sandstone to maintain and preserve our state’s most historic and impressive buildings.
Their work ensures that more than 800 heritage-significant sandstone buildings across NSW remain culturally significant and operational as schools, hospitals and courthouses.
Heritage Stoneworks is helping to future-proof the heritage stonework industry as the major employer of stonemason apprentices.
Heritage Stoneworks services
- Stonemasonry preservation, restoration, replacement and protection
- Intricate carving and shaping of stone
- Heritage roofing, including slate and metal deck roofing, copper and lead work
- Heritage refurbishment and building maintenance
- Giving expert advice on heritage maintenance, as well as project and construction management services
- Giving expert advice on stone and slate selection and processing to suit heritage requirements
- Stone processing (cutting and shaping) at the Alexandria stone yard
Minister’s Stonework Program
Heritage Stoneworks collaborates with the Minister’s Stonework Program, which provides a statewide, strategic approach to maintaining heritage buildings through conservation planning, condition analysis, prioritisation and budget development.
The program is designed to achieve high-quality, best-value conservation outcomes. It is recognised for developing traditional masonry and other trade skills for the heritage industry throughout NSW and beyond.
Australian Museum former National School building (established 1849)
Project completed: early 2022
- Replaced deteriorated sandstone that had reached the end of its functional life or was structurally unsound
- Patched stone and pinned cracked/damaged stone in its original position
- Repointed sandstone and brick joints
- External cleaning to remove biological growth, pollution and dirt
Bathurst Courthouse (established 1880)
Project completed: mid-May 2022
- Masonry and stone repointed
- Replaced decayed sandstone to base courses on the west and east wings (ground level), cornice course of the dome and balcony cornice on west and east wings. Used Sydney sandstone to match the original
- Synthetic stone repairs
- Reconstructed missing lead gargoyles to match existing ones on copper lantern gutter
- Provided lead weathering to protect replacement sandstone
Tarpeian Way (established 1847)
Project completed: April 2022
- Phase 1 – Stabilisation works for Sydney Opera House forecourt rock face
- Protected significant built and landscape elements from potential damage
- Ensured the wall is low-risk for Sydney Opera House visitors
- Phase 2 – Palisade fence repairs
- Stone replaced to maintain heritage significance of fence
- Minimised waste by reusing most of the extracted stones
- No environmental impact has been reported on surrounding facilities
If you have considered a career in a specialised trade such as stonemasonry, talk to the team and see if you are interested to carve out your future as an apprentice stonemason.
For general enquiries about Heritage Stoneworks call us on 02 8286 8700 or send an enquiry to the Heritage Stoneworks team via the contact form.