The Old Printery

Our Building

Established in 1900

Framed by pear trees in Percy Street, Wellington, The Old Printery building sure could tell some tales of history and productivity in the region.

Built in 1900, the Printery is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Wellington. Originally established as the home of the ‘Wellington Times’ local newspaper, it enjoyed many years as a bustling centre for news in the busy town.

The Wellington Times and Australian Industrial Liberator was first published on 23 May 1889 by Michael Conlan O'Halloran to support the labour movement. In 1899 the name was shortened to the Wellington Times. In 1927 the Wellington Times absorbed The Wellington Gazette. In 1972 the Wellington Star was established as a competitor to the Times by Colin Lord. However the Star was incorporated into the Times in 1973 when the latter was purchased by Lord. The Times was purchased by Macquarie Publications in 1984 from Lord and is today published by Fairfax Regional Media

A Dream Realised…

Ever since starting up my own private practice in 2010 in Wellington, I have dreamt of creating a collaborative therapy space for children and families which instantly welcomes them with a sense of calm and warmth. I am amazed every day at the number of families our centre now supports, and the quality of the practitioners who have been attracted to start their own practices within the space.

Mardi Taylor, Founder and Director, The Old Printery Wellness Space.

Reinvented in 2018

The historic landmark now houses a fully accessible and devotedly restored Wellness Space which provides a collaborative one-stop-shop therapies and wellness hub.

The Old Printery features 7 clinical and office spaces as well as a large custom-designed therapy gym providing an engaging, interactive and safe environment for all levels of movement ability. The gym space is also used to host training events providing the opportunity to host world-class leaders in wellness and therapies to Wellington.

The renovation of the building brought the space up to the requirements of a modern collaborative workspace providing high speed NBN, air conditioning, underfloor heating, reception, kitchen and toilet facilities. The building even boasts its very own wellness café for the essential coffee break.

November 2016

STAGE ONE OF THE RESTORATION COMMENCES

Renovation of the abandoned Printery warehouse comprised Stage one of the Wellington Times Restoration Project which took 3 ½ years in total to complete. This original part of the building  still contained the printing presses and linotypes which were extremely heavy and had to be moved out of the building and were transported to a local artist who is very cleverly upcycling their parts to create metal sculptures.

APRIL 2018

Façade repaired and painted

The historic part of the building was patched and rendered and then painted in the original colour scheme in keeping wit heritage restoration requirements.

JULY 2018

STAGE 2 RESTORATION COMMENCED

The adjoining Wellington Times office space was a 1970’s addition to the Historic Wellington Times building and in stage 2 was converted to provide disability access (including electric wheelchair lift), a new Wellness Café and additional meeting/therapy space.