Built in 1916 as the prestigious headquarters of Perpetual Trustees, 39 Hunter Street is a 7 storey sandstone commercial property, which had been ‘modernized’ three times during its life, with light voids largely filled in, and the ornate coffered ceiling concealed behind a commercial tiled ceiling and a maze of mechanical and electrical services. With no provision for parking and the interior spaces rendered cramped and dark, the building required a significant upgrade to ensure its continued viability.

Jackson Teece led the project and working closely with Kador Group, ARUP, Hyder, EMS and JCK Project Management, we jointly developed a number of key design initiatives:

A new void was cut through the building to introduce more natural light, suspended tile ceilings were removed to reveal the heritage ceilings, a flexible contemporary work environment was created and a new entry experience and disabled access were provided. Of high importance were the sustainability features - onsite power generation for peak load management, minimisation of water use, indoor air quality improved, low VOC emission materials used and energy efficient services used, including lighting, water use and power consumption. Self-transport was encouraged by provision of extensive bike and shower facilities.

This contemporary adaptation of 39 Hunter Street achieved Australia’s first 6-star Green- Star Heritage Commercial rating. With its heritage presence assured and a new single tenant, this ground-breaking project demonstrates the potential to revitalize heritage buildings through the application of innovative environmentally sustainable design.

Awards

2012 Property Council of Australia 2012 Innovation & Excellence Awards

2011 Australian Institute of Architects Sustainable Architecture Comendaion for 39 Hunter St

2011 The Australian Property Institute NSW Excellence in Property Awards - The Office of the Valuer General Award for 39 Hunter St