Geyer was appointed to undertake the refurbishment of Orica’s existing tenancy at 1 Nicholson Street, Melbourne over 8 floors in their heritage building, owned by Macquarie Bank. Orica remained in occupation during works with stages being delivered 2 floors at a time. The project included a full base building upgrade undertaken by the building owner.
Geyer developed and applied new workplace standards for Orica which saw a move to a more open plan solution, with increased shared facilities and greater connectivity across each floor plate and within their overall accommodation and risers with secured access and internal stairs. The design solution saw technology and equipment upgraded throughout the entire fitout and a centralised client interface area with integrated AV and VC services for ease of use. Orica’s new workplace will see a reduction of 90% in churn costs, with a standard kit of parts and footprints for easy adaptation where required. The new floor plan layout has increased light penetration by 75% and maximised views to the CBD and Fitzroy Gardens.
The feedback from the Orica User Groups over time has been that the new workplace is like a breath of fresh air, especially given enhancements to the building AC and services design. All floors were developed with a subtle branding to their entrances and main circulation areas that reinforced the key elements of the business and the global markets that Orica operates within. Orica’s own state of the art materials were used including Dulux powder coat finishes to work tops, with all materials selected on the basis of best endeavour for sustainable design practices.
The project was delivered over 10 months and 6 distinct phases, with Orica in occupation and relocating as required.