Rescuing a building more than 100 years old from a condemned state is a challenging task, especially when that building is in one of Perth CBD’s busiest streets and its staircase has been stolen.
When Sandalwood House owners, Kenneth and Berta Von Bibra, made the decision to reclassify the building for character premium-grade boutique office accommodation it was in need of a major upgrade to maintain its building classification and suit modern commercial usage.
Total Project Solutions took on an eight month refurbishment program which presented some interesting challenges. These included:
- Issues with access and safety where condemned parts of the building were so derelict that they had to be demolished before they could be rebuilt
- Having to incorporate air-conditioning and data cabling into a 100 year old building
- Recreating a Victorian-style staircase to replace the stolen one, ensuring it met current standards to comply with disabled access
The final result transformed the building from a dilapidated building of about 250m² of usable space to just over 400m² of boutique office space.
"The quality of the workmanship and the care in which our plans were carried out was a great credit to Harvey Symmons."
Berta Von Bibra