Railway Institute

This historic building was the first Railways Institute built in Australia and remains substantially unaltered. Designed by Architect H M Robinson, and built by T Henley in Queen Anne style - with Dutch gables to projecting bays and a steeply hipped terracotta tiled roof capped by an ornamental copper fleche - it is a significant piece of historic architecture.


The building was handed over to Cube Projects in a run-down state. Leaking roofs, rising damp and general neglect had affected much of the interior. Cube’s challenge was to restore the building to its original grandeur for the purpose of office tenancies.  An Inspection of the building by Howard Tanner of Tanner Architects at completion of the restoration works gave rise to the comment “what did you do”. In the field of restorative work this is the ultimate compliment.
 

In order to attract tenants, the building had to have its services upgraded to meet the demands of the modern era. This task was completed using chimney flues for service ducts, roof and sub floor spaces to house air conditioning plant, and access floor hatches to run cabling. Remote switching was used in lieu of surface mounted conduit. Disturbance to the building fabric was minimal.


Towards the completion of the project the developer  Protono pty ltd secured Interfaceflor (showcased within Office Fitout)  as a major tenant and restorative works rolled on into fit out  works. The project was green star compliant and achieved a 5 star rating.