Docklands – Places Victoria Head Office

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Goods Shed North at Melbourne’s Docklands is the refurbished heritage listed head office for Places Victoria (formerly Vic Urban) as well as the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission.

We achieved a coveted 6 Star Green Star As Built design rating for the interior fitout in a heritage listed building – this is incredible.

Basso Project Management worked diligently with the owners and builders within tight heritage constraints whilst achieving the highest workplace and environmental standards. This project sets a new benchmark for adaptive re-use projects.

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Environmentally Sustainable Design initiatives include gas fired tri-generation plant, underfloor displacement system, active chilled beam system and rainwater harvesting. Hydronic heating via skirting heaters located around the perimeter of the building for additional heating.

Some of the sustainable interior design features of Goods Shed North include eco-preferred and recycled content, black steel and recycled timber, and increased light and water efficiencies.

Originally the Goods Shed spanned over two city blocks, stretching 385 metres in length making it the largest railway shed ever built in Melbourne.

One of the few heritage buildings left at Docklands, the Goods Shed was derelict for over 30 years and became redundant in the 1980s. When Collins Street was extended it was bisected to create the North and South sides.

Construction teams had to restore the entire building to original condition. A complete section of the northern end of the building had to be demolished and reconstructed brick by brick and the building’s slate roof completely replaced.

Goods Shed North is a unique heritage building that naturally creates an exceptional backdrop to the workplace, including high ceilings, clerestory windows, exposed trusses, cast iron heritage columns and exposed brickwork. Key historical elements of the interior have been retained, whilst incorporating state-of-the-art technology.

The interior design inspires an open and inclusive culture for staff through increased visibility and the creation of both active and passive central meeting spaces.

Spotted-gum timber treads widen into seats to create a central amphitheatre suitable for sizeable conferences with a large projection wall. This area easily holds 300 people, but also doubles as an open space for informal meetings.

Equiset undertook the $63 million development of Goods Shed North as owner, developer and builder.

“Sustainability needs to be built into every type of commercial construction in the future. This is definitely a project to move forward on.” Lorenz Grollo, Managing Director, Equiset

“Many of the challenges and complexity we faced in making a heritage building this sustainable were monumental. It lifted sustainable design to new heights.” Elia Basso, Director, Basso Project Management

Client

  • VicUrban

Role

  • Project Management
  • Furniture Procurement

Challenges

  • Heritage building
  • Highest Greenstar rating
  • Site contamination
  • Multiple user groups
  • Numerous stakeholders
  • Strict confidentiality
  • Politically significant
  • Tight time frame