Electricity Substation No. 301 | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Electricity Substation No. 301

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 301
Other name/s: #301 "Gordon Street"
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 1S Gordon Street, Randwick, NSW 2031
Local govt. area: Waverley


Building only - located in the garden of a unit block
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1S Gordon StreetRandwickWaverley  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Gordon Street substation is a well detailed example of a 1950s Functionalist substation constructed by the Sydney County Council.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 07
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Designer/Maker: Sydney County Council
Builder/Maker: Sydney County Council
Construction years: 1957-1957
Physical description: A simple, single storey flat roofed substation contructed in red brick. It has an unusually well deatiled façade with a large rendered panel surrounding the personnel door on the right side of the façade. Main access is via a central roller door.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:27 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: Roof, gutters and downpipes replaced.
Current use: Electricity substation


Historical notes: The Gordon Street substation appears to be the seond substation on this site. The land was originally acquired by the Municipal Council of Sydney in 1930 however the present substation was built by the Sydney County Council c1957.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis Distribution of electricity-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically significant as an example of the infrastructure built in Sydney's suburbs in the 1950s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Gordon Street substation is a well detailed example of a 1950s Functionalist substation .
SHR Criteria g)
Typical in form, scale and technical arrangement to substations throughout the electricity network.
Integrity/Intactness: intact
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

This item contributes to local character and should be conserved. Original details should be maintained including doors, windows and original signage. New materials should be sympathetic to the nature and character of the original building. In the event of major proposed changes, prepare a Conservation Management Strategy and undertake an archival recording. Wherever possible, changes should be restricted to the interior of the building. Routine maintenance of existing fabric is essential.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerAusgrid Heritage Register343056101 May 07   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
EnergyAustralia Heritage Register Review2007 MacLaren NorthM North Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenWilkenfeld and Spearitt2004Electrifying Sydney

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 3430561

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