13 Dec, 2019 | Written by Premis

Project Update - Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Premis recently completed refurbishment work on the 1500-square-metre Pharmacy Guild building on Leichardt Street in Spring Hill.

Built in 1970 by architect Alexander Ian Ferrier, that same year the building was nominated for an Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Bronze medal. With a project timeline of just eight weeks and a budget of $1,600,000, Premis Solutions was commissioned to undertake a full refurbishment on all three levels, which included a tenancy fit-out, an upgrade of the building shell, and the construction of new amenities. On the 25th September the newly refurbished building celebrated with an Opening Ceremony 50 years on from the date the original building was opened.


Image source: Unidentified, Offices of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in Spring Hill, Queensland, 1970, pp.Collection reference: 6523 Royal Australian Institute of Architects photographs and plan.


Challenges and Solutions

The safety and security of the staff and the general public was paramount to both Premis and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia during the refurbishment process of this inner-city site. Both parties were also committed to ensuring minimal impact was experienced on the day-to-day operations of both the public and the building’s tenants.

Logistical solutions that were implemented by our build project specialists included moving staff from the front building that was being renovated, to the back building. An enclosed interconnecting bridge was also constructed that isolated the construction zone to minimize the impact on tenants.

During the façade construction, a gantry way was also erected over the footpath at the front of the building to allow pedestrians safe and continued access to both walkways and the adjacent street parking. It also assisted with minimizing the impact on general traffic flow.


The Refurbishment Process

The building façade and entryway was aesthetically transformed, with sandstone cladding added to the foyer and the external façade of the building.  The façade was also extended out to the footpath and up to the 2nd storey, which extended the roofline and the floor area. The refurbishment also involved adding a new fire-rated glazed shop front to level 1, and new tiling from the façade and courtyard into the building’s entryway.

A new curtain wall, roof and a new sliding gate were installed, as well as automatic entryway doors to replace the building’s old manual doors. The courtyard located between the two buildings was also refurbished providing a newly tiled BBQ area, and a new fire escape route was also created.

The inside of the tenancy also received an upgrade by our build project specialists, with amenities bought in line with compliance legislation, a new lift servicing all three floors, and new air conditioning units, carpets and workstations installed.


A Happy Client!

Premis are proud of the quality, efficiencies, and the operational and safety considerations achieved with the refurbishment of the Pharmacy Guild building. And we have a happy client to prove it!

As Lyn Coates from Pharmacy Guild Of Australia commented after the project was completed,

“Premis personnel were professional and easy to deal with from the time of engaging them as our builders for the refurbishment of our building, to the final touches at the end of the project.  There were multiple ‘surprises’ uncovered during the refurbishment, which could be expected from an old building, but Premis dealt with them efficiently and effectively whilst keeping any additional costs to a minimum.  We highly commend Premis for their professionalism and the processes they followed to ensure compliance and completion to a very high standard”.

Premis looks forward to working with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia on future projects.



Before the refurbishment took place



Attending the opening event

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