Anzac Memorial Project
Client: Trustees of the Anzac Memorial
Location: Hyde Park, NSW
APC was tasked with designing an underground mobile storage solution to house and preserve war memorabilia and literature at Anzac Memorial, Sydney, as part of a major redevelopment. It is the most significant renovation of the State's major war memorial since opening in 1934.
Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, is the main commemorative military monument of Sydney. As Australia marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the NSW Government is upgrading Anzac Memorial. Known as the Centenary Project, the works fulfil two main objectives: completing the original architect’s vision and adding new underground education and interpretation facilities. APC was approached by the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial to facilitate two areas in the new underground wing: a permanent library and research centre for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW Inc. and a militaria exhibition space for the New South Wales Department of Justice, Office of Veterans’ Affairs.
Specialised storage was required for the NSW Department of Justice to house and preserve an assortment of memorabilia ranging from trophies to photos. The Royal Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW Inc. required a permanent location and a high-density storage solution to house 130 years’ worth of literature and archival material with room to expand its collection. Both storage units needed to be secured 150mm above floor onto concrete hobs to allow for a Jarrah in-fill floor and recessed tracking system.
Bays of Ezi-Drive Aislesaver (mechanically assisted mobile shelving) were used to create storage for the Department of Justice to house trophies, models, photos, equipment and other war memorabilia and included an integrated area to hang uniforms and costumes. APC also customised a storage solution that comprised of Uni-Span (longspan shelving) with chrome pole dividers to hold paintings. Bays of Ezi-Drive Aislesaver were used for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies library to house its large selection of growing literature.
The end result is nothing short of spectacular and something APC is very proud of. We were able to create two unique storage solutions as part of the important Centenary Project to house and preserve war memorabilia and literature for years to come.