Docklands – Penguin Pearson Group Australia

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Goods Shed South is the refurbished corporate head office for publishers Penguin Group Australia and Pearson Group Australia at Melbourne’s Docklands.

Basso Project Management worked diligently to a tight deadline with the developer and the client as well as the architects, engineers, consultants and builders to remake a neglected industrial railway building into an exciting and creative corporate space.

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

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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; the slate roof completely replaced, the clerestory windows painstakingly replaced, and the exposed timber restored and hazardous material removed.

The integrated fitout retains many of the original features of the historic railway goods shed including iron columns, exposed trusses, brickwork and exposed timber.

New features like the chilled beam system for air-conditioning and low-impact heating provide a greater degree of comfort at lower operating costs and the abundant natural light floods a comfortable open plan office space.

The office is now home to more than 450 people. The refurbishment of Goods Shed South is part of Walker Corporation’s $1.3 billion Collins Square development.

“Such a gorgeous space, so great for collaboration, a place where real creativity will flow.” Dionne Higgins, COO, Pearson Asia Pacific

“When you engage Basso Project Management you are never left in doubt that they are advocating for you. With a unique blend of skills in project management, architecture and design and a no nonsense approach to getting the job done. I’ve found Basso Project Management a trusted partner to our business, always willing to go the extra mile and find smart solutions within our budget.” 
Dionne Higgins, COO, Pearson Asia Pacific

“Entrusting Basso Project Management to partner with us is a decision without one single regret. The Basso Project Management team have a hard working and straight talking approach to their work and their partnerships. Every day, writers and illustrators entrust Penguin with their work in the knowledge that we will manage that work to the best of our collective ability and with intelligence, flair and honour. It is a pleasure to find the same values at Basso Project Management and the willingness of the team to leave no stone unturned to find the right solution is of immeasurable value.” Gabrielle Coyne, CEO, Penguin Random House Asia

“What I love is seeing how well it works at bringing people together in the different spaces throughout the workspace – such a vibrant, exciting workplace.” Elia Basso, Director, Basso Project Management

Client

  • Pearson Penguin Group Australia

Role

  • Project Management
  • Furniture Procurement

Challenges

  • Heritage building
  • Latent conditions
  • Co-locate two sites
  • Fast track

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