The Department of Transport project involved a significant refurbishment over 13 floors at 80 Collins St. The works initially involved an extensive amount of demolition over each of the 13 levels. The extent of demolition varied over each level from mid-range to full strip outs. Demolition components included glass / plasterboard partitions, stone, floor finishes, joinery, ceilings, redundant services and loose furniture.
New construction works involved an internal fit-out comprising acoustic tiled ceilings, flush plaster ceilings, plaster and glazed partitions, timber / aluminium doors, painting, carpet tiles, stone tiles, vinyl floor finishes and a large joinery package. The architects for the project, in an attempt to ensure that the overall scope of work was environmentally sustainable, requested that many of the existing items (particularly joinery) was re-used and incorporated into the design. This added complexity to the project and required close coordination to ensure that the end product was acceptable to the user group and client.
The majority of the existing services were required to be removed and replaced to suit the new layout of each floor including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire and an audio visual component. Over the majority of the levels, an external mechanical air intake louvre was required to be installed. This required a building maintenance unit to be utilised and strict safety procedures to be enforced
The program for these works was over a four month period and required use of up to 120 site personnel at the peak of the project. Extensive site facilities needed to be set-up to cater for the large number of on-site personnel.