Albany Forts (Princess Royal Fortress) 1893-1939
2015 WA Heritage Award winner for Interpretation
Judges' citation: The City’s vision for the refurbishment of the Forts project was to develop a series of spaces that were both symbolic and functional, with the interpretation designed to allow visitors to understand the historical context of the forts as a significant costal defence facility, while serving as a gateway to the National Anzac Centre. The judges said it was a sensitive and engaging project which enhanced the Forts heritage experience.
The Princess Royal Fortress underwent a major upgrade in preparation for the Anzac Centenary Commemorations. The City of Albany’s vision for the refurbishment of the forts was to develop a series of spaces that were symbolic, functional, contributed to the commemoration of the Anzac journey and would serve as a gateway to the National Anzac Centre.
Diverse professionals in heritage, curation, museums, economic development and landscape architecture were brought together in this project. The site refurbishment involved the establishment of the National Anzac Centre, enhancement of the public event space, convoy lookout and walk, as well as a restaurant and retail space.
The forts upgrade has significantly enhanced and revitalised the site as a leading heritage tourism precinct, recasting its place as a significant heritage place that poignantly articulates the Anzac story.
Watch this fly-over of the site.