Photo b & w. 304 x 397mm. Exterior of Building P (Hoskins Building) School of Engineering Trades, Sydney Technical College. Photograph dates from early 1940s. Related toTA306, TA730 and TA2030.
The Hoskins Building was designed by Edward Henry ("Harry") Rembert who trained as an architect at Sydney Technical College in the early 1920s. Rembert was registered as an architect on 30 December 1924 & was employed by the NSW Dept. of Public Works from 1926 until his retirement in 1966.
Between 1936 & 1938, Rembert worked on the drawings for the Hoskins Building which was named after a local engineering works. H.G. Whittle was the successful construction company with site work starting in 1938.The building was completed in 1940. There was a major refurbishment of the lower ground floor in the early 1990s to accommodate updated facilities for the School of Engineering Trades.
Building P is described in a Heritage Assessment conducted by Schwager Brooks & Partners as: "...a large three storey building [based] around a linear axis or internal street. It was conceived as the first part of a master plan for a complex of engineering buildings. The building is designed with the utmost directness and simplicity in a Pre War Industrial style with influences of the Dutch architect Willem Dudok. It is regarded as the finest example on the [Ultimo] campus of the work of Harry Rembert within the NSW Government Architects Office. Three tall stair towers along the Wattle Street elevation are linked by continuous bands of multi-paned windows & brick spandrel panels. A prominent clock tower & sleek, stainless steel awning mark the entry to the central spine on Thomas Street. The flexible planning & integration of support service areas was clearly designed to accommodate changing technologies & teaching operations. The building can support very heavy equipment installations". 1
Source 1. Schwager Brooks and Partners 1990, Sydney Technical College Heritage Assessment building data sheet (Building P, School of Engineering Trades) in Sydney Technical College : heritage analysis, NSW Dept. of Public Works?, Sydney [unpaginated]; G. P. Webber 1982, E. H. Rembert : the life and work of the Sydney architect 1902-1966, University of Sydney, Sydney pp 3-6; 41-45.
Plan drawer 6 Lib.
Rembert; Engineering Trades; Automotive Engineering; Sydney Technical College