Client : Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Project : Building Façade and Internal Refurbishment
Design : Cocoon Design Pty Ltd

The three-storey Pharmacy Guild building on Leichardt Street in Brisbane was designed by architect Alexander Ian Ferrier in 1970, and that same year was nominated for an Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Bronze medal.

Offices of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in Spring Hill, Queensland, 1970

Offices of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in Spring Hill, Queensland, 1970

The ground level of the building was refurbished in 2009 to include a boardroom and training rooms, and the lower level converted into an open plan office. In February of this year, Premis Solutions was commissioned to undertake a full refurbishment on all three levels, which included an upgrade of the building shell, a tenancy fit-out 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.


Scope and Challenges  

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, extending the roofline and the floor area. The refurbishment also involved adding a new fire-rated glazed shop front (both windows and doors) to level 1, and new tiling from the façade and courtyard into the entryway of the building.

A new roof, curtain wall and a new sliding gate were installed, as well as automatic entryway doors to replace the 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 created.

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


Safety and Security

The Premis team also provided safety and security solutions to this busy inner-city site during the refurbishment. This ensured on-time completion with minimal impact to the client’s day-to-day operations. The site’s two separate buildings were interconnected via an enclosed bridge in order to isolate the construction zone, with the second building at the back remaining fully operational throughout the entire project.

During the façade construction, a gantry way was erected after hours over the entire footpath at the front of the building. This allowed for safe and continued pedestrian access and minimised the impact on traffic flow. It also allowed staff and the public continued access to street parking adjacent to the site.


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.

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