National Archives of Australia – Heritage Listed Hail Storm – Major Loss Insurance Project


National Archives of Australia

How SAVIL PROJECTS delivered a complete 3000m2 roof replacement of all roofing components and rectification of custom fascia boards of this historic and heritage listed building first established in 1926.

Our Construction team work with you to manage and deliver major loss insurance works on your commercial and heritage buildings. We work with all internal stakeholders, assessors, insurers, superintendents, quantity surveyors, architects, and designers to offer flexible options, such as implementing multiple stages of works on occupied, commercial construction sites with high profile tenants, to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

SAVIL PROJECTS were engaged to complete a full roof replacement that was severely damaged from the hailstorm that hit Canberra in early 2020, including re-attaching the custom fascia and replacing timber top plates that had severe wet rot from over time. Our clients required a timely and cost-effective construction solution that would facilitate the full replacement of the roof and roofing components at the occupied and heritage listed building in the Parliamentary Triangle.

How SAVIL PROJECTS managed the construction with strong attention to detail, time and budget management.

The project required end to end project management along with comprehensive construction and roofing works tailored to the stakeholder’s requirements.

The National Archives of Australia – East Block has a wealth of history in the Nation’s Capital, initially known as Secretariat Building No.1 and later known as the General Post Office which became the point from which distances to and from Canberra were measured.

As the East Block is rich in history, Savil Projects were up to the task of providing the building with a much-needed update of the roofing system, in order to protect the building’s strong foundations and historic stature.

Over the course of the works at the National Archives – East Block, Savil Projects were faced with several challenging factors from various elements of the project. One aspect of this consisted of managing the logistical factors around the building being open to the public 7 days a week. Throughout the working week the National Archives building is an executive public service office on it’s upper levels, with several hundred standing employees. It also hosts a large number of tour groups, mainly consisting of school groups, throughout it’s galleries, and across it’s several large-scale conference rooms that it hires out to outside entities of all kinds, along with a very busy café in the lower level of the building. Given that the conference rooms are paid for and hired out, it was of upmost importance to ensure the groups that were utilizing the space were not interrupted or disrupted at all by noise and the movement of materials and trades around the site.

Through the course of the works to ensure this, Savil was pre-eminent in building and always maintaining a consistent and clear line of communication, with all main tenants, clients, and any stakeholders in the project. We worked closely with the directors of the building, the school group and tour managers and the café owner and all building staff to ensure that all important dates and times were defined across the board. We implemented all dates into our live program of the works, and double checked this with all parties, to be certain that listed dates and times would be appropriate for various works to take place.

Along with maintaining a keen eye on public safety measures across the project, given that it is an incredibly busy building, particularly around arranging specific control measures for instances when there would be a group with distinct needs, or access to particular areas of the building.

Throughout the duration of the project, the most challenging aspect was the weather. We implemented various weather control measures and extended our working hours to some weekends and earlier mornings to maintain a timeline in accordance with our program. This took form in managing contractors outside of standard hours and seeking approval from the main tenants and building directors beforehand, to ensure that the project was continuing to run as expected.

Savil Projects were able to deliver an innovative construction/roofing solution tailored specifically to the clients and stakeholders needs.


Our clients, all relevant stakeholders, and all interested parties involved in the project appreciated the adherence to the planned schedule, high level of communication, and the efficiency in which the works were completed. The results of the finished product, and the co-ordination and communication between internal stakeholders, assessors, insurers and superintendents was the perfect outcome to this successful project.

Major loss insurance projects don’t have to be hard or stressful. Let our qualified construction team manage your next commercial project.

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