Pembroke Appoints Built As Construction Contractor For T&G Building Transformation
19 January 2017
Firm to undertake extensive refurbishment of historic Melbourne building
Melbourne, January 19, 2017 – Pembroke Real Estate has appointed building contractor Built for the extensive refurbishment of Melbourne’s historic T&G Building at 161 Collins Street.
Built was awarded the contract following a competitive process that included four leading national construction companies. Although the other contenders were very high quality, Built was chosen upon strength of team and experience.
Pembroke Real Estate Vice President and Head of Australia, Matthew Knight, said, “We are delighted to have appointed Built for the T&G Building, given their proven ability to deliver high quality office and retail spaces within a heritage context.
“We have an established relationship with Built through our 20 Martin Place development in Sydney, which we are looking forward to continuing as work gets underway at the T&G Building.”
Originally constructed in 1928, the T&G Building is located on the corner of Collins and Russel Streets, at the Paris-end of Collins Street, and offers 43,000 square metres of A-Grade commercial space across ten levels.
Working alongside appointed architects Bates Smart, Built will carry out the refurbishment works at the T&G Building including refashioning the office floors to include intelligent design and imaginative shared spaces. A dynamic new dual entrance will allow tenants to choose between the classic entry on Collins Street or the newly pedestrianized Ramsden Place, both maximising the corporate address while welcoming Melbourne’s unique laneway culture into the building.
Additionally, businesses will have the opportunity to secure campus style floor plates of up to 4,000 square metres, and embrace flexibility, productivity and connectivity within their workplace design. New end-of-trip facilities also will be included with 266 secure bicycle spaces for tenants as well as extensive shower and locker facilities.
Built’s Managing Director, Brett Mason, said “We are thrilled to be working with Pembroke Real Estate on the redevelopment of the T&G Building, and know that this will be another impressive and sought after property once complete.
“We look forward to again showcasing our experience in complex live environments refurbishments with sustainable design on this high profile office and retail project.”
The partnership between Pembroke and Built for 20 Martin Place has resulted in nine awards including the 2016 Master Builders NSW Excellence in Construction Award. Built has also won the National President’s Award and National MBA Awards for National Environment and Energy Efficiency – Commercial Buildings.
In line with Pembroke’s commitment to sustainability, the T&G Building will undergo a significant building services review, targeting a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating.
The refurbishment of the building will begin in the first quarter of 2017 with construction completed by early 2018.