Excavating a historic building renovation project

Sandstone Education Building

BulkX dramatically reduces excavation time on heritage listed building project.


Built Holdings Pty Ltd




A ‘once-in-a-generation project’ to convert Sandstone Education Building, a heritage listed building, into a major 6-star hotel. After a collaborative approach, Built Holdings Pty Ltd have commenced work on site under a ‘D&C’ contract, which encompasses the restoration and conversion of the Education Building into a new hotel.

The hotel will boast bars and dining areas, 192 new guestrooms, new glass façade elements and the traditional restoration of existing heritage facades and other interior elements.


In this project, as with many in built-up, urban environments, there is always the challenge of operating in minimal space, with limited site access. The main challenge of this project was to safely and efficiently remove large amounts of waste material over the façade of a heritage listed building.


When contractors present the issue of spoil removal from site, our solution is BulkX, every time. The BulkX allows the excavation and transfer of waste materials directly into waste management vehicles, removing the requirement for temporary loading areas and preventing wear and tear on machinery.

The BulkX has various system options but for this project, the ‘Direct to Truck System’ was the most viable option, taking into consideration the limited operational space and site access. By using the BulkX, Built Holdings Pty Ltd were able to dramatically reduce the time taken to remove the spoil, which improved the overall efficiency of the project.

With a completion date of April 2022, we are very much looking forward to seeing the restoration and renovation of the Sandstone Education Building into a 6-star, premium hotel.