Client: McCullough Robertson
Size: 4,300 m²
McCullough Robertson wanted to reduce its Net Lettable Area, and in doing so relinquish a floor at 66 Eagle Street (going from 4 x floors occupancy, to 3 x floors). We were delighted to be able to assist for a second time in refurbishing their existing tenancy.
McCullough Robertson wanted to reuse existing infrastructure wherever possible, including their highly-specified systems furniture and wit a focus on revitalising the front of house floor and on-floor kitchens/breakouts. The front of house floor was re-apportioned to include additional meeting space, with the waiting and reception zones rationalised.
The refurbishment had to allow for staff to continue with using the space as the renovation was delivered, producing some logistical complexities. Churn/staging plans were vital to ensure staff were informed and provided adequate notice of changes to their immediate surrounds.
Rather than following the latest trends, we designed a space that was sympathetic to how staff work best and connect with each other. It incorporated learnings from the pandemic about the future of work, and built a range of different areas to work and collaborate, solve problems with clients and facilitate learning and development. Embedding technology was key to creating a successful space.
The materials palette was derived from McCullough Robertson’s rich history and included subtle, earthy hues, warm timbers, brick paving and soft metallics. Honest materiality and connection to earth through the laying of textures was vital to the project.
Acoustics were vitally important, with the majority of their meetings requiring some AV/tech integration. The main boardroom and meeting rooms were treated with acoustic plasterboard ceilings and detailed acoustic panelling to provide an exemplary acoustic result.
Kim Trajer, Chief Operating Officer, McCullough Robertson.
The re-use of existing infrastructure — both built and loose FF+E — was inherently sustainable and also allowed for MCR’s refurbishment budget to ‘go further’, building further value into the end result.
This whole space presents as a sophisticated space — balanced and timeless with finishes that are earthy and warm and synonymous with MCR’s values; generosity, commitment, and down-to-earth.