Melbourne – Canons House Office Building

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Canons House renewal and office fit out brings light and openness to a city architectural studio.

Originally the project was to create much needed space by adding two storeys onto an existing eight story office building. But when the global financial crisis hit, all works on the site had to be immediately reconsidered.

This led to adaptive reuse by addressing refurbishment issues of increasing daylight and improving ventilation within levels 7 and 8, the topmost floors of the office building.

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Four large openings were cut into the roof slab and major box shaped skylights with louvres installed, allowing daylight and fresh air to stream into the space. Three large voids were cut into the concrete slab that divided the two floors, creating two internal stairwells and one light well allowing natural light and increasing communications by linking the two floors.

Located at 12-20 Flinders Lane on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD, the project involved facade work, building lift services and infrastructure upgrades, including mechanical and heating plant, and internal fitout works within an occupied space. Additionally the ground floor lobby was totally refurbished

Dealing with existing tenants and residential neighbours meant many restrictions and limitations. Working in a narrow city lane meant limited access. Rather than scaffolding, a special swing stage system was devised to carry out works on the uppermost levels from the rooftop.

Basso Project Management provided project management and superintendent services for the base build and integrated fitout.

“We are delighted with the transformation of our building as a result of this coordinated project.” Clem Epstein, General Manager, Overland Properties

“Everyone had to rethink the project. Ultimately we renewed the space in line with the design principles of the tenant and a broader demonstration of innovative urban renewal.” Elia Basso, Director, Basso Project Management

Client

  • Overland Properties

Role

  • Project Management Services
  • Superintendent Services

Challenges

  • Dramatic changes to scope of work
  • Non-standard building components
  • Minimising disruption to existing tenants