Haysom Spender Heritage-listed Office Space

Client: Haysom Spender
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Scope overview: Convert a turn-of-the-century heritage-listed warehouse into a modern and efficient professional office

Project Description

Integrating historic value with a professional future for Haysom Spender

OBJECTIVES

Haysom Spender, one of Brisbane’s leading architectural practices, approached Wiley to convert a turn-of-the-century heritage-listed warehouse into a modern and efficient professional office featuring reception, a boardroom, a meeting room, a resource area, a library and workstations.

CHALLENGES

  • Preserving the heritage values of the original warehouse
  • Integrating some obvious signs of the building’s history and former use into the contemporary office design
  • Combining heritage restoration and new construction activities
  • Conducting detailed project planning and project management to complete many diverse activities.

SOLUTIONS

Advice

  • Detailed planning and scheduling to manage the restoration and construction programs
  • Application of specialised project management techniques to control the unique project requirements.

Design

  • Detailed planning and scheduling to manage the restoration and construction programs
  • Application of specialised project management techniques to control the unique project requirements.

Construction

  • Complete gutting of the first and second floors and repairs to the basement
  • Completion of a restoration program:
    • polishing of the original ground floor timber floors (the only renovation to this floor)
    • refinishing of the original stained glass windows
    • removal of tiles from the ground floor façade and reconstruction to heritage requirements
    • exposure of timber floor framing and trusses where possible; installation of decorative features, including glass ceiling in the boardroom on the first level and pressed metal ceiling and skylights on the second level.

     

  • Completion of a construction program:
    • construction of two internal staircases and a timber deck
    • installation of a lift shaft to the second floor and modern steel-framed partitions and workstations
    • rewiring of electrics and installation of air conditioning to the first and second levels
    • inclusion of high-quality finishes throughout.

     

RESULTS

The successful combination of restoration and new construction work to achieve a contemporary office space that services the needs of a modern architectural practice while preserving the building’s heritage-listed values and paying homage to its fascinating past.

Other restoration projects by Wiley are the Lands Office Hotel, the Old Boot Factory and the Ship Inn in Brisbane.