From disused eyesore to popular community hub

The Goods Shed is a creative and cultural reimagining of the disused railway goods shed established in Claremont in 1887.

Working closely with key stakeholders LandCorp, Public Transport Authority, Department of Lands, FORM, Lotterywest and the Town of Claremont, we helped achieve this historically sensitive transformation and inject life back into a dormant pocket of the community.

This reimagined creative hub features a gallery and events space including artists in residence that inspire the community, rehabilitation groups and schools. The new coffee window and event bar surrounded by beautiful gardens also enables functions and occasional festivities, inviting public enjoyment year round.

  • Visitors since opening
    50,000+ 0+
  • Project savings achieved
    1887 0887
  • Project value
    $1 m $0 m

Consulting closely to find the right outcomes

Cooper & Oxley took an active role in the design development, to ensure the outcome would match its conceptual vision, while also understanding and meeting the needs of the community.

We managed methods of engagement via comprehensive community and stakeholder consultation, ensuring that the physical space and event programming would be ideally suited and spur high visitation once the building was opened to the public. Remarkably, the Goods Shed has hosted more than 500,000 visitors since opening in 2016.

FORM recommends Cooper and Oxley’s exceptional quality and cost-effective solutions in commercial infrastructure and endorses their experience and skill in innovative building and construction work.

Lynda Dorrington, Director, FORM

A respectful approach to preservation and restoration

We took a ‘maximum care, minimum impact’ approach to the project.

Throughout the works, materials were salvaged and reused wherever possible. Local salvage yards were also utilised to ensure products and finishes were true and respectful to the building’s age.

The layout of repairs required careful planning to ensure they were in keeping with the original building and complimentary to the overall design. We engaged specialist heritage contractors and suppliers where necessary to ensure the authentic integration of old and new.

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Cooper and Oxley’s professionalism, attention to detail and willingness to work with FORM on all aspects of the project helped to create a significant cultural and community hub in Claremont encompassing a gallery, coffee pod, and garden.

Lynda Dorrington, Executive Director, FORM