Sydney Open Day 2019: The Bushell’s Building

The Bushells Building was built in 1924 as a seven-storey factory for Bushells Tea and designed by the prominent Sydney architecture firm Ross and Rowe. The factory housed innovative new tea-blending, packing and dispatch methods under one roof. It has local historical associations as its location in The Rocks provides evidence of the working history of the area.

Address121-127 Harrington Street
Built1924
Architect  Ross and Rowe 
Additional architects 
A C Lewis Constructions (Concrete Constructions)
Tanner Architects (1999 Renewal Project)
TKD Architects (2018 Base Building Upgrade)
Hammond Studio (Interior Architects)

The offices of HAVAS will be open to the public, and offer two perspectives. One is a journey through time to learn about the history of Bushells interpreted through the original equipment used by the factory. Alongside this is the intelligent re-use of the building as a commercial home to a modern innovative communications company. Visitors will be able to access three levels of the building to view the original timber structure, tea extractors, packing slides and lift shafts. The top floor still retains evidence of where the official tea tasting was done!

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