Completion year 2016
WGE was involved in delivering five of the buildings that make up the Cathedral Square precinct, Perth’s newest public space. WGE was involved in transforming the historic State Buildings that served as town hall, post office, land-titles office, and treasury over the last 140 years. Before construction began in 2012, the buildings sat unused for nearly 20 years. WGE was also involved in refurbishing the State Administrative Tribunal building, building the new City of Perth Library, constructing the new office tower forming the David Malcolm Justice Centre and Church House.
The existing heritage building was refurbished into a new 5 Star hotel with basement, ground and four upper levels incorporating rooms, function spaces, meeting rooms, retail offerings, wellness centre, restaurants and bars. Now home to COMO The Treasury Hotel and a number of bars, restaurants and retailers, the previously unoccupied State Buildings has been successfully rejuvenated. 48 modern rooms are spread over the hotel’s four floors, with each one unique in size and appearance.
This is the first major civic building to be built by the council since the Perth Concert Hall, which opened in 1973. The library showcases a range of features over five levels including an exhibition space, AV / multi-function rooms, a green wall, virtual resources, special book collections, an impressive master staircase, storytelling zones and digital resources. With a distinctive circular flow, full height void and oriented to maximise natural light, the library offers a restful public space for the community.
The 33-storey Grade-A office tower development extends above the heritage State Buildings, offering approximately 30,196m2 of net lettable area. WGE provided a structural design to ensure the tower was adequately anchored within the heritage State Buildings complex at ground level. WGE also completed fit-out works for major tenants including the Department of the Attorney General on levels 19-31.
Undertaken as the first stage of the Cathedral Square precinct, this project involved refurbishment and extension of the former Public Trustees building at 565 Hay Street. The existing façade and building services were removed, with completely new internal building services and façade provided to enhance the building and allow for the construction of an additional floor level at the existing roof level.
The final project within Cathedral Square, Church House involved construction of a two-storey basement car park, ground floor lobby and café, plus six floors of A-grade commercial space featuring offices and meeting rooms.
Works at the Cathedral Square precinct were challenging from the outset with extremely constrained adjoining sites located within Perth’s busy CBD. Complex services interfaces further complicated the project.
Careful consideration and innovative design ensured that services such as air conditioning and fire suppression systems are hidden from view and offer comfort and safety without compromising the architectural intent.