University House operates as the private members club for the University of Melbourne Staff and Alumni. This large-scale roof restoration project included 340m2 of slate and 850m2 of metal roofing undertaken over 5 stages.

The restoration works were undertaken with a high-level of care and coordination to allow the club to keep operating and minimize impact on the business functions as well as the historic event spaces within the building. Ivy’s experience in projects such as this along with constant communication with the University departments and building tenants allowed this project to run smoothly with the club & kitchen operating inside as well as the operational requirements of conducting this work within the busy university environment.

In addition to the roofing works, Ivy undertook extensive electrical and mechanical system upgrades, coordinated new roof access systems for ongoing maintenance as well as structural chimney bracing, carpentry and ceiling space upgrades, masonry repairs and heritage painting works. A key challenge was overcome with the discovery of latent asbestos sheeting underneath the existing roofing. Ivy was able to safely remove this with minimal staging or program impacts including the rapid design and construction of a 160m2 temporary roof structure to ensure the area remained watertight and isolated during the removal process.