Commercial + Workplace

The Boot Factory


27-29 Spring Street, Bondi Junction, NSW


Waverley Council


Archer Office



Project Value

Est. $7.5m


Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Hydraulics, Acoustics, Vertical Transportation

Located in Bondi Junction next to Waverley Library, the Boot Factory building is steeped in local history, having been constructed between 1890 and 1915 by William Sidaway and Son, who began to produce footwear in Bondi Junction around 1887.

The building consists of three storeys of face brick with rendered pilasters and string courses, multi-paned double-hung timber windows and a simple moulded parapet bearing the signage “Boot Factory”. Waverley Council acquired the building in 1984, and it was re-opened in 1986 as part of the “Mill Hill Community Centre” after undergoing conservation works.

Previously, The Boot Factory was a base for various community services and organisations, including the Inventors Association of Australia. The building has been vacant since 2007 due to concerns regarding its dilapidated condition, with numerous studies commissioned to evaluate the condition and remedial options for the building.

Archer Office is the lead consultant for the design and adaptive reuse of this heritage-listed building, which will transform into a commercial space with mixed-mode air-conditioning and natural ventilation. Working in close consultation with the Heritage Architect, the sustainability response is tailored to respect the heritage fabric by incorporating additional measures into the building services design and fabric elements of the building.

The project incorporates ground-source heat pumps and high-efficiency water-cooled VRF air conditioning systems into a seamlessly integrated and highly sustainable services design.

The outcome will breathe new life into this historic building and will offer a unique commercial space to its new occupants.

To learn more about the project get in touch:

Associate / Sydney

Private: Michael Dodds

P: +61 2 8203 5447
M: +61 431 979 520
E: [email protected]

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