A unique offering within Canberra’s commercial office market has been brought to life by leading property developer ICON Developments, in conjunction with Camlen Property Group, with an extensive office refurbishment positioned in the vibrant city west CBD precinct.
The building, located at 10 Hobart Place, meets growing market demand in the capital to reposition existing older office stock in order to enhance tenant amenity and attract tenants. Through this refurbishment, two of the building’s ten floors have been radically transformed into chic and flexible workspaces.
With its timeless 1960’s exterior, the bold and creative redesign of 10 Hobart Place delivers modern office space with an industrial style aesthetic, including polished concrete floors, exposed ceiling services and glass internal corridor partitioning.
Canberra’s city west precinct of the CBD has experienced a significant amount of development activity in recent years in a bid to revitalise the city and make it a more vibrant and exciting place to work, live and visit, and to continue to attract investment.
ICON worked with award-winning architects peckvonhartel to ensure the redesign set a new standard for commercial occupiers in the heart of Canberra’s CBD.
“Through this refurbishment, we wanted to stay true to what makes the city unique. Located at the heart of the CBD and surrounded by so much of what gives Canberra its distinct character, the building represents professionalism and style within a corporate business environment,” said Ashley Murdoch from ICON Developments.
“As a design-focused developer, we always endeavour to create iconic projects that will stand the test of time, and by combining old and new, we believe that 10 Hobart Place does just that. Through this refurbishment we were able to offer cutting-edge office accommodation as well as contribute to the wider urban renewal we have been
witnessing in the city.’’
“We really wanted to attract vibrant professionals and establish a creative community within the building which in turn will have a positive impact on the precinct. To promote this cohesion, we have introduced a ground floor café and an 80’s themed basement bar called ‘88mph’ which has been well received by tenants.”
The city west precinct is highly sought after by private sector and government occupiers alike and has undergone a ‘mixed use’ transformation in recent years, adding a diverse mix of residential and ground floor retail amenities within an established office location.
The building boasts new premium end-of-trip facilities, including separate male and female showers, lockers and change rooms, as well as bike storage.
“This refurbishment has essentially created a new product and is driving the new trend where building owners refurbish existing property to meet growing market demand. It has been converted into a cool, open-plan workspace designed with an industrial feel to cater to a whole new audience,” says Troy Markos, CBRE Canberra.