From remnants to radiance

In 2015 Loftex purchased a site on Day Street, Sydney, at the head of Darling Harbour. A stunning residential and retail tower named Radiance was planned for this prime location. Preparatory works included demolition of a 1920s warehouse and basement car park excavation. As it was possible that construction might uncover State Significant archaeological remains associated with the early colony, as well as Aboriginal archaeology, a program of salvage excavation was required.


Loftex engaged Artefact to manage all archaeology across the site under the guidance of Excavation Director Dan Tuck and secondary Excavation Director, Jenny Winnett. Salvage excavations under a Section 140 excavation permit uncovered the remains of the engine house and chimney of the 1830s Thomas Barker Mill complex. Working closely with Loftex, the builder and the demolishers, Artefact completed all archaeological work within the project timeframe. Construction then proceeded on track.


The site’s industrial heritage was acknowledged in the architectural form and materials of the Radiance development, which won an Urban Design Award and an International Architecture Award.

As recommended by Artefact’s Heritage Interpretation Plan, recovered artefacts were integrated into interior and exterior displays to intrigue passers-by. These place-making installations both acknowledge the past and illuminate the future for the residents of Radiance.


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