Fourteen levels of A-Grade commercial office facilities have risen above the historic façade of the Dalgety & Co. building at One Malop Street in Geelong. The redevelopment is WorkSafe Victoria’s new headquarters, and will house over 700 of its staff and 100 other office workers from Victoria Police and Allianz Insurance. It represents the pinnacle of design for tenant wellness with the targeted achievement of three ambitious sustainable building ratings.
Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has driven the agenda of developer Quintessential Equity and its key tenant Worksafe, as well as collaborating with head contractor Built and architect peckvonhartel to provide a sustainable building for the future. Aurecon has provided all engineering disciplines for the development’s base building and the WorkSafe Victoria integrated fit out – including building services, structural, civil, fire safety, ESD, acoustics, audiovisual and wind engineering.
Aurecon’s project team has worked with tenant Worksafe Victoria to complete the fit-out design and assist in meeting its own target certifications, including a 5 Star NABERS Energy Tenancy, a WELL Interiors Gold, and a 6 Star Green Star Interiors.
“Health, well-being and comfort are huge drivers in the development and delivery of this building. Key initiatives that have driven the design and construction to ensure that a healthy building is delivered include high quality acoustics, high levels of thermal comfort, glare minimisation, daylight and views, biophilia (connection to the outdoors), indoor air quality, wind comfort and sustainable and healthy materials,” added Bennett.
One Malop Street is within easy walking distance of the Geelong train station and is in the heart of Geelong’s CBD. The building’s tenants will enjoy spacious, light-filled office floors with largely uninterrupted bay and city views, as well as modern amenities including over 100 bike racks, luxury end-of-trip facilities, external terraces, an on-site concierge and community amenities such as a medical centre and café.
“Tenant behaviours and demands are changing making it essential that buildings support tenant well-being through environmentally sustainable practices and amenities that will develop a smarter working environment, reduce environmental impact, as well as lower operating costs,” Milne said.
Now complete, One Malop Street will continue to honour and recognise the heritage value of the Dalgety & Co. building, while boasting a modernised and sustainable building design.
The heritage listed building is architecturally and historically significant at a local level. Architecturally, it demonstrates the original design qualities of the interwar modern French Renaissance (Classical) style. Historically, it is associated with commercial wool broking developments in Geelong during the interwar (1920s-1940s) period. This building has long-term associations with the Dalgety company as the original owner from 1924-25 until the 1990s.
The existing Dalgety & Co. building façade has been restored and retained, along with the original ‘Dalgety and Co. Ltd’ and ‘wool shipping insurance stock’ signs across the building. Multiple benefits were seen in retaining and restoring this heritage façade including the reuse of materials, reducing waste and virgin material usage, while maintaining the identity of the site and its connection to the local community.
Local artefacts collected during the construction are now displayed in the ground floor lobby, available to public visitors, together with information that demonstrates the historic value of the building and shows its transition from heritage to modern use.
This award winning project was recognised at the Victoria Engineering Excellence Awards and has been named an Australian Engineering Excellence Award Finalist.