Posted on Feb 27, 2020 by Webber Architects
Webber’s recently completed commercial office fitout for Buildcert is featured in the February 2020 edition of Hunter Business Review magazine.
Webber Architects approaches office fitouts with a functional relationship strategy that utilises zoning of the floor plate into individual working spaces, group collaboration spaces, social spaces,
withdrawal spaces, common meeting spaces, survival/respite spaces private and public space delineation; where practical circulation space is reduced to a minimum to ensure efficiency of layout. The floor plate is also paired with an accommodation schedule to validate the approach.
Webber recently worked with Buildcert to deliver a new fitout for its Wickham premises. The masterplan conversion of an existing light industrial property created three high end office tenancies
with new mezzanine floor spaces. The design achieves an open plan, collaborative working environment with integrated breakout spaces, quiet spaces, and a high-end finish. Utilising the existing workshop area allowed the fitout to be completed without demolition under a reduced construction program.
The new façade adds a public domain forecourt entry improving the streetscape. New window openings and façade screening add visual relief, provide environmental benefits to the building, and
activate what is a changing streetscape along Hannell Street from a predominately light industrial to high end commercial.
With main common spaces occupying the only two façades with access to light, ventilation and harbour views, the challenge was to ensure a pleasant working environment for the central open plan workspaces. This was achieved through the incorporation of a central void with architectural circulation stair and new roof void skylights. Where practical, glazed partition walls and balustrade height walls were utilised to provide sight lines to external windows. Raw concrete materials are offset with the softness of timber and the result is a warehouse conversion which feels more fluid than that of a typical internal fitout.