Firm Appointed For Refurbishment Of Historic Melbourne Building


Melbourne’s historic T&G Building at 161 Collins Street is ready for its makeover, as Pembroke Real Estate recently appointed building contractor Built for an extensive refurbishment.

Built was awarded the contract following a competitive process that included four leading national construction companies.

Originally constructed in 1928, the T&G Building is located on the corner of Collins and Russel Streets, at the Paris-end of Collins Street, and offers 43,000 square metres of A-Grade commercial space across ten levels.


Built will work alongside Bates Smart, who are the appointed architects for the project, and together they plan to refashion the office floors to include intelligent design and imaginative shared spaces.

A dynamic new dual entrance will allow tenants to choose between the classic entry on Collins Street or Ramsden Place, both maximising the corporate address while welcoming Melbourne’s unique laneway culture into the building.

Businesses will also have the opportunity to secure campus-style floor plates of up to 4,000 square metres. New end-of-trip facilities will also be included with 266 secure bicycle spaces for tenants as well as shower and locker facilities.

Built Managing Director Brett Mason, said the company looks forward to to project as a chance to show what they're really made of as a contractor.


“We have an established relationship with Built through our 20 Martin Place development in Sydney, which we are looking forward to continuing as work gets underway at the T&G Building," Pembroke Real Estate Vice President Matthew Knight said.

Pembroke and Built have worked together before on 20 Martin Place, which won nine awards including the 2016 Master Builders NSW Excellence in Construction Award. Built has also won the National President’s Award and National MBA Awards for National Environment and Energy Efficiency – Commercial Buildings.

The T&G Building will undergo a significant building services review which in order to achieve a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating.

The refurbishment of the building will begin in the first quarter of 2017 with construction completed by early 2018.

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