The Maltings is one of the forty-four buildings that comprise the largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture known as the Distillery Heritage District, National Historic Site. ERA was retained as Architect-of-Record and Heritage Consultant for the whole site. ERA designed and advised on the adaptive reuse of this vacant building for new retail space and a large health spa. The work involved conservation of the heritage elements, including: windows, masonry, roof dormers and cupola, timber floors and structure, as well as reinstatement of windows that had been bricked in.
The project also integrated building code requirements into the existing building and new design. A major challenge was to create useable floor space, which involved the removal of complete floor levels due to inadequate head height, as well as the reintroduction of floor areas that had been removed in the past.