uv apartments [amp society (fmr)]
The AMP Society (fmr) building at 19-23 King William Street, Adelaide, was designed by one of South Australia’s notable architects of the early twentieth century (Louis Laybourne-Smith) and constructed 1936 as the new headquarters of the AMP Society in South Australia, replacing previous premises on this site thought to date from 1880.
It has been assessed as being architecturally significant as a representative example of a 1930s multi-storey commercial building, now becoming rare in Adelaide and is of high integrity. Its classically derived form and abstracted details illustrate one of the common architectural styles of the period. The building employs a primary concrete encased steel structure, faced with a three-dimensioned solid sandstone façade employing classical design idioms to its three street elevations.
Flightpath undertook a high-level facade condition survey with a stone specialist to enable a select, prioritised facade stabilistation package of works to be documented and implemented, with a focus to the upper portion of the state-heritage listed building. Works documentation was prepared for a menu of stone repair actions to prolong the life of the original dimensioned sandstone cladding and address failures of previous repairs.
Flightpath worked closely with the managing contractor through works implementation to adjust the scope of works to suit available budgets and priorities, once the true condition of the building became apparent.