Mott MacDonald was awarded the opportunity to provide $48M worth of restoration works to the iconic Queen Victoria Building. A key challenge of this project involved minimising disruption to public access and shopfronts while repairing the stonework and upgrading existing services.
We project managed the stonemasons and their access provisions and carried out technical design associated with stone repair and replacement and the complex access arrangements. The project was prioritised and then staged around the building so that the majority of the façade was on display and accessible at all times. The opportunity was taken to upgrade lighting, plumbing, joinery and paint while the building was scaffolded.
The project ensured ongoing operation of the high value retail floor-space and maximised the continued exposure of the high value advertising shop-front display.
The building has been returned to its former glory and is attracting the highest grade of retail tenant. The restoration works will last long term, disruption and the cost of re-scaffolding the building will be avoided for another 25 years or more.