Kingston and Arthur's Vale No 9 Quality Row - Kingston Research and Interpretation Centre Adaptive Reuse Project: progress reports

Progress report one (October 2009)

Architectural and building plans are currently being prepared by the heritage architect, with advice from an archivist. The internal kitchen is being designed. Documents being prepared to obtain approvals for works to the NHL site as required under the EPBC Act.

Works on the site are scheduled to begin early in 2010.

Progress report two (March 2010)

Approvals are being obtained for works to the National Heritage List site as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Materials required for the fit out have been ordered for shipment to the Island in readiness for the start of project works. Due to approval requirements, works are scheduled to begin in July and due to be complete by October 2010.

Final result (June 2011)

The adaptive re-use of No 9 Quality Row created an archive, library/reading room, exhibition space, office for interpretive staff, merchandise outlet and a small cafe, and supported the completion of bathroom upgrades and external landscaping. This allowed the building to be re-opened to the public as the KAVHA Public Research Centre (KPRC) in February 2011. KPRC allows for the preservation of, and access to, archival and reference materials relating to the penal and military uses of the place and is already providing increased research opportunities, training and interpretive tours.