Heritage reimagined

South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop Sydney, Australia

South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop

Sydney, Australia


The Locomotive Workshop building is one of the NSW’s most significant heritage buildings. Steeped in history dating back to the industrial revolution, Sydney’s Locomotive Workshop will soon be reimagined as a hybrid mixed-use destination that embraces the rich heritage of the site.

Buchan is leading the internal refurbishment of 5 of the 16 heritage bays that contain a Hybrid Mixed-Use zone that includes exhibitions, events, hospitality retail, commercial & education offers.

Driven by three key design principles; transparency, robustness, and tactility, the design team has developed a considered interior that celebrates the immense volumes of the space.

Heritage machinery and objects remain boldly on display alongside public exhibition spaces that thoughtfully interpret the sites’ past, while custom displays made from reused heritage components and metal, including cast-iron columns, wrought iron trusses, house historical objects and interactive digital content including projections on machinery and an immersive tunnel-wrapped travellator experience for visitors to the site. The result is an unrivaled historical exhibition experience.

Foundry Tunnel simulation by Buchan Brand Experience team

Buchan has worked in association with Sissons Architects and heritage specialists Curio Projects to reimagine South Eveleigh’s historic Locomotive Workshop.