Cribb House placed silver in the Heritage Conservation Awards. Pictured is John Christiansen. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Cribb House placed silver in the Heritage Conservation Awards. Pictured is John Christiansen. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

Historic renovation bring history to life

AFTER two years of work, Cribb House has been transformed from a poorly kept storage facility to a proud training facility which brings Ipswich heritage tradition into the modern age.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service principal project manager John Christiansen led the project which brought about a dramatic transformation to the facility, which sits opposite Ipswich Hospital.

"We're very happy," he said.

"After two years of hard work, Cribb House is one of our nicest assets that combines the new and old."

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service recently received a Silver Award in the Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence for the extensive renovation of Cribb House.

Mr Christiansen said the property had a long and interesting history which continues today thanks to the renovation.

"Ipswich Hospital Board purchased the property on the southern side of Grey St, opposite the hospital, from Joseph Cribb in 1916," he said.

"Cribb House, in the past, has been used as an infectious ward, a maintenance area, social club and for storage."

He said that in 2013 funding was made available to carry out extensive repairs on the building.

"This included restumping, a new roof, internal modifications, internal and external painting, new electrics and new flooring on the veranda," he said.

"The building is now used as a state-of-the-art board room, training centre and meeting room."
 



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