Multiplex completes heritage Sydney redevelopment

Credit: Aran Anderson.

Construction company Multiplex has completed the heritage redevelopment of Brookfield Properties’ 285 George Street, Sydney.

The historic Peapes Menswear building has been transformed into a boutique 10-level mixed-use building, comprising a total net lettable area of 2,545 square metres.

The building comprises five levels of office space on top of four retail levels and also boasts a rooftop terrace accessible from 10 Carrington Street.

Credit: Aran Anderson.

Developed by Brookfield Properties and designed by architects Make, the redevelopment mixes heritage and new build architecture to create contemporary finishes.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director David Ghannoum said the renovation represents a new standard for heritage building redevelopments, breathing new life into the historic Sydney CBD building.

“The refurbishment of 285 George Street demonstrates how adaptive reuse can preserve history and add character, vital in creating vibrant new precincts in the CBD,” he said.

“285 George Street has achieved uncompromising development quality, working through operational challenges during the pandemic’s various restrictions.”

285 George Street marks the final building to be completed within Brookfield Place Sydney and is positioned in Wynyard’s core financial hub.

Multiplex noted one of the greatest challenges to construction was upgrading 285 George Street to comply with current building regulations whilst providing future flexibility for tenant fit-outs.

Multiplex adopted innovative strategies to future proof the integrity of the timber structure for tenant fit-outs. Enhancing the building’s sustainability and giving new life to disused materials, Multiplex salvaged the old timber flooring and repurposed it in feature lobbies on each commercial office floor.

Multiplex also developed a façade retention system to remove and replace existing timber flooring and joists to reinstate the heritage boards of the building. Retained and restored external heritage elements include the façade, windows, and roof tiles. Internally, the timber column cladding, timber flooring, and window architraves were also retained and restored.

According to Multiplex, some 400 people worked on the project throughout the 10-month construction timeline, with 50 people on site each day.

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