James Christou of Christou Design Group will lead the renovation of Perth’s iconic Allendale Square, originally designed by Cameron Chisholm & Nicol.
The redevelopment will include a remodeled lobby, a brand new end of trip facilities, upgraded lifts and the conversion of level 31 to office space with sweeping views of the Swan River.
“The new look Allendale Square will… contribute to the revitalisation of Perth’s CBD with improved pedestrian linkages and a premier food and beverage hub,” explains Andrew Butler of Mirvac who will lead the renovation.
“More than a premium commercial building, the transformation of Allendale Square will make a striking contribution to the city, appealing to Perth’s discerning business community.”
Constructed during the mineral boom of the 1970s and located in the heart of Perth’s CBD, Allendale Square has been described as a national example of the blending of speculative urban development, aesthetic ideals and environmental and civic amenity.
The building has received awards such as the RAIA (WA Chapter) Architecture Design Award, the ACI Energy Conservation Award and the Alcoa of Australia Award for Architecture.
A key feature of the new development is a new retail precinct, which will service the workers from Allendale Square and the wider community. Once complete, the retail precinct will showcase over 18 food, beverage and service businesses. As part of the refurbishment the building will be fully LED lit.
“Our vision for Allendale Square is to transform the plaza and retail amenities into welcoming spaces where people can meet and relax. The revitalisation will result in a clean, efficient, activated hub, while also remaining sensitive to the architectural integrity of the existing tower,” says James Christou.
The original Allendale Square development comprised of four components: a high-rise office tower, low-rise tenancies, pedestrian plaza and underground shopping concourse, and Chapel with residential accommodation. The space-frame covered plaza addressed issues of civic amenity current at the time of construction, while the underground concourse was later connected to the network of pedestrian access-ways through the city.
The new refurbishment is expected to be complete in early 2017.