Toga Far East Hotels
The project involved the redevelopment of Brisbane’s first high-rise Government Office building which was constructed between 1914 and 1922. It was intended partly as general public offices and as State Headquarters for the Queensland Government Savings Bank.
The building is significant as an early use of steel-framed high-rise construction in Queensland, and is an accomplished building in design, materials and workmanship, which exhibits particularly fine and inventive detailing which is important for the aesthetic quality of the redevelopment.
The building situated at the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets consists of eight storeys, a basement and rooms on the roof level. The structure, a concrete encased steel frame with brick infill and reinforced concrete floors, is faced on the two street facades with Helidon sandstone sitting on a granite base. The northeast and southeast elevations are constructed of brick with reinforced concrete heads and sills.
ADG were engaged by Toga Far East to provide a value engineering solution to facilitate the addition of 3+ levels above the existing structure. Through development of a detailed and comprehensive testing regime and detailed finite element analysis, ADG were able to facilitate the addition of five levels above the existing roof level, without significant strengthening of the building structure below.