GHD Building, 211 Victoria Square, SA

Duration: September 2007 to October 2008

Value: $16.5 million

Contract type: AS 4000 Lump Sum with special conditions

Summary: Built Environs upgraded the core building, façade and services on nine floors of a 16-level occupied building on the busy corner of King William Street and Grote Street in Adelaide. An office fit-out was included in the contract, with a further office fit-out completed under a separate contract.

Externally, the building received a new curtain wall façade, along with double-glazed high performance glass on all the refurbished floors.

A special scaffolding process was developed for the level-by-level removal and upgrade of the glass. The safety of the workers who were fitting the glass and associated features – and the safety of the many pedestrians passing the site – was a significant concern.

Internally, the project was quite a challenge, with demolition and construction occurring while the rest of the building remained occupied. Built Environs was required to maintain all services to the remaining tenants and to absolutely minimise disruptions or delays.

Materials were loaded into the site behind the hoarding area and then moved into the building via the goods lift, requiring very close logistical management.

To maintain the momentum of the programme without disrupting the existing tenants, work was staged through the building.

A multi-level office fit-out was included as part of the base works contract and involved a high-specification refurbishment of levels 1 and 2 and an annexe for the South Australian Government Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (now called the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure). The architecturally designed fit-out featured a reception area statement, high quality office fittings, polished concrete and new internal stairs.

A separate contract was negotiated with engineering consultancy GHD to fit out their offices on levels 3, 4 and 5.

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