Office building retrofit at 55 St Andrews Place, Melbourne – Turning a Sparrow into a Peacock

This article describes the upgrade of an existing government building, 55 St Andrews Place in Melbourne’s Treasury Reserve, utilising an unconventional design process and with a strong emphasis on integrated design from the outset.

The aim of the project was to transform a poorly performing building, from both an energy efficiency and indoor environment quality perspective, into a building that meets current best practice for greener office spaces. The building is owned and occupied by the Victorian Government.

Two of the buildings, 1 Treasury Place and 1 Macarthur Street, commenced construction from 1963, while 3-5 Macarthur Street (later renamed 55 St Andrews Place) was constructed as a four-storey building in 1967.

note summary
  1. Project details
  2. Introduction
  3. History of the building
  4. Victorian government accommodation standards
  5. Problems
  6. Developing a building improvement plan
  7. Implementing the improvements
  8. Design process
  9. Overview of green building initiatives
  10. Construction
  11. Performance
  12. Conclusion