The Paddington Substation Refurbishment Project - Paddington

Brisbane City Council has completed refurbishment works to restore and maintain the Paddington Substation. This project has ensured 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 complete

About the project

The Paddington Substation refurbishment project included critical maintenance works on the external fabric of the building and an internal refit which has improved the safety and accessibility for users. 

The Paddington Substation refurbishment project involved:

  • 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, addition of a kitchen, a Persons with Disability (PWD) toilet, stage and mezzanine
  • installing a platform lift to improve accessibility 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 was preserved, Council worked closely with heritage architects to ensure works enhanced the building’s original colours, textures and historical features.

The Paddington Substation refurbishment project was funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council. Together, these works ensured the substation’s important history is preserved and that the continued use of the space is affordable and accessible 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.

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: 25 October 2022

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