The White Horse Hotel building is a very distinctive 1920’s Art Deco building and has recognized cultural and heritage value that is prominent in Innisfail. The building suffered from structural damage caused by a fire and major damage from Cyclone Larry.
The ground floor has commercial shops. The use of the first as a hotel was abandoned many years ago. The opportunity arose to upgrade the building after it suffered structural damage from Cyclone Larry.
Initial services included inspections and reports for insurance purposes as well as the provision of the scope of works with construction drawings for the Cyclone repair.
The repair works were extensive and included the parapet and verandahs.
This work enabled an upgrade of the structure to current standards including a new roof. The roof is now structurally independent to the existing top floor wall with the old tongue and groove timber boards allowing a new layout to the top floor.
We then provided subsequent services including a scheme design and development application to convert the top floor to residential units and or offices. Development approval was granted.
Detailed design and construction drawings were produced for costing purposes for Residential use and later commercial use.
Further work has been carried out to design, draft and engineer roofs over the upper-level car parking area.