The Ravensworth Homestead is listed as a state-significant heritage site. Constructed in c1832, the complex consists of a symmetrical group of 5 convict-hewn sandstone buildings located in a garden setting. Its relocation is currently under consideration by the NSW Government.
SHAC has worked with the client to re-imagine the complex as a new town centre for the village of Broke. Maintaining their original arrangement, the buildings have been positioned on parkland adjacent the main intersection in the township alongside Wollombi Brook. The siting acts to extend the established village grid, carefully addressing key features of the main streetscape, while also capturing views to the nearby Brokenback Range.
Each building has been sympathetically adapted to accommodate local wine and artisanal industries, with the communal space between effectively crafted into a new town square. It is envisioned the development will activate the sleepy Village, creating a tourism hub and landmark destination for the Broke-Fordwich locality.