The Dorney House Strategic Review
The Dorney House Strategic Review

In 2006 the City of Hobart acquired the Dorney House, the remnants of Fort Nelson and 35 hectares of surrounding bushland on Porters Hill to preserve the natural, cultural and scenic values of the site. Since then, majority of the area has been absorbed into the management regimes of the surrounding bushland reserves. However, the path forward for the Dorney House, the fort and surrounding gardens has not been as clear and subsequently a significant number of reports, proposals and initiatives have been prepared and/or commenced for the site.

In order to ensure that the values are retained and the optimum outcomes are achieved for the site as well as for the City of Hobart from a social, heritage, economic and environmental perspective, Council sought the services of ERA to prepare a synopsis report that considered and provided an analysis of the work to date. ERA managed and worked collaboratively with a team comprising of architects, quantity surveyors, building surveyors and engineers. The synopsis report identified the opportunities and constraints of four operational models for the Dorney House for Council’s consideration.