Aranac was contracted to restore ‘The Stables’ at the ‘Abbey’ under the supervision of ‘Design 5’ Architects. In a state of disrepair the building required significant structural support changes and general rebuilding of many elements including the part removal of an upper floor level and restoration of existing features and the facades. With the aim of creating a comfortable living environment, ‘The Stables’ were transformed into a modern space with all the heritage qualities the building possesses.
The “ABBEY” at Johnston Street, Annandale was built by John Young – a Freemason. Described as an "imaginative, romantic house loosely modelled on a Scottish manor, it was completed c. 1900 and remains to this day an iconic Sydney landmark building. The Abbey is listed on the ‘Register of the National Estate’ and the ‘New South Wales Heritage Register’.