The Paddington Substation Refurbishment Project - Paddington

Brisbane City Council is undertaking restoration and maintenance works on the Paddington Substation. This project will ensure the building’s important place in Brisbane’s history is preserved for future generations, whilst also enhancing a community facility, with improved internal safety features and accessibility. 

Project summary

This table provides information on the Paddington Substation Refurbishment Project including address, ward, project outcomes and project timeframes.
Address Corner of Enoggera and Latrobe Terraces, Paddington
Ward Paddington
Project outcomes Refurbished heritage-listed building with improved internal safety features and accessibility
Latest update Construction underway

About the project

The refurbishment of the Paddington Substation is in line with Council’s Creative Brisbane Creative Economy Strategy, which aims to enable a diverse range of creative activity, increasing the amount of flexible, affordable and accessible space for creatives within Brisbane’s creative infrastructure network.

The Paddington Substation refurbishment project will include critical maintenance works on the external fabric of the building and an internal refit to improve safety and accessibility for users. 

The project is expected to be completed by mid to late 2022, weather and site conditions permitting.

The Paddington Substation refurbishment project will involve:

  • replacing the existing roof 
  • repairing and recoating the external walls
  • repairing and repainting exterior features including windows and doors
  • general maintenance and repair activities to improve the building’s weather proofing, acoustics and fire safety measures
  • removing vegetation to prevent ongoing environmental damage to the building
  • an internal refit, including the removal and replacement of the stairs, kitchen, a unisex Persons with Disability (PWD) toilet, stage and mezzanine  
  • installing a platform lift to provide Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant access from the ground level to level one 
  • associated works to building utilities and services.

The Paddington Substation is listed on the Queensland State Heritage Register. To ensure the building’s historical and cultural significance is preserved, Council has worked closely with heritage architects to enhance the building’s original colours, textures and historical features.

The Paddington Substation refurbishment project is funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council. Together, these works will ensure the substation’s important history is preserved and the space can continue to act as an affordable and accessible location for a variety of community generated activities and events.

Site history

The Paddington Substation was built in 1929 to support and power the now defunct tram network. The substation formed part of a wider network of electricity and tramway substations that played an important role in Brisbane’s industrial development. After its decommissioning in 1965, the Paddington Substation was unoccupied until 1985 when the current lessee, Hands On Art, began using the space to provide art classes to children. Today, Hands On Art continue to lease the building and provide a range of art classes, workshops, exhibitions and theatre productions.

Construction impacts

During construction, the Paddington Substation will be closed to current users and the general public. Hands On Art have temporarily suspended some workshops and relocated others to alternate locations. For more details, parents and students of Hands On Art should contact  them directly by calling  07 3368 3294. 

Construction activities will take place from 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some Saturday works may be required. Council is committed to keeping the community informed of construction in their area and will provide advanced notification of any out-of-hours activities.

During construction, residents, businesses and pedestrians in close proximity to the Paddington Substation may experience an increase in noise and vehicle movements with reversing beepers and flashing lights. Traffic controllers will be in place when required to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians and traffic at all times. 

In order to safely complete the works, the three parking bays at the front of the Paddington Substation will be restricted to enable the delivery of materials and equipment, and to facilitate parking of trades and labour personnel. Once works are complete, parking will be returned as soon as practical. Alternative street parking is available on Enoggera Terrace.

There will be temporary closures of the footpath on Enoggera Terrace whilst works are underway.  Signage will be in place to safely direct pedestrians around the closures. Council apologises for any inconvenience these impacts may cause.

Council has identified vegetation that will need to be removed to avoid causing further damage to the building. All work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines, including engaging the services of a qualified fauna spotter if necessary. 

More information

If you would like more information about the Paddington Substation Refurbishment Project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    The Paddington Substation refurbishment project team
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 1 July 2022

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