Archived site – Last updated in May 2017

External restoration starts at Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office

27 July 2016

We are starting heritage restoration on the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office (CME).

The building will be covered with safety mesh and scaffold so the community might not see too many changes from the outside but behind the scenes we will be restoring the external balcony, paintwork, windows, latticework and connections to utilities. We’re expecting the restoration works to be completed in mid 2017.

The 129 year old heritage listed building at 505 Wilson Street, North Eveleigh, has been unused for 10 years. Before it closed in 1963 it was the office of various Chief Mechanical Engineers and their staff, who supervised the design and manufacture of locomotives, carriages and wagons.

The restoration is part of our program’s commitment to strengthening arts, heritage and culture in the Central to Eveleigh Program area. The next use of the building will be decided after further assessments, community engagement, and studies.

Carfax Commercial Constructions Pty Ltd will undertake restoration works to the building.

Contact us if you’d like to receive restoration works updates

You can delve into the history of Eveleigh through stories, archives, photo galleries and video at

Back to news