The Melbourne Studio has moved

February 23, 2015

The Melbourne studio is now located at Level 1 of the former Mail Exchange at 696 Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the corner of Spencer Street.

Completed in 1917, the Mail Exchange is one of the earliest examples in Melbourne of Classical revival architecture as practiced in America. The building was designed by the first Commonwealth Government Architect, John Smith Murdoch. The site has an even earlier place in Melbourne’s history. It  was acquired from the Crown by the city’s first Surveyor General, Robert Hoddle, for a two-storey Georgian home and gardens where he lived until his death in 1881.

This move represents an exciting stage for The Buchan Group as we celebrate our 125th year. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you to our new office and design studio.

Please note, our current postal address and contact numbers remains the same:

GPO Box 4584,
Melbourne VIC 3001

Ph: +61 3 9329 1077
Fax: +61 3 9329 0481

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Riverside rebuild reaches completion

February 10, 2015

Christchurch’s CBD residential market has received another vital economic boost with the city’s existing Riverside Apartments reaching practical completion after nine months of reconstruction works.

The former earthquake-damaged building on Carlton Mill Road has been given a new lease on life thanks to a package of works designed by The Buchan Group. These works include code-specified structural strengthening, a new external façade, and upgrades to the apartment’s boutique rooms.

The Riverside Apartments complex features five privately owned apartments covering a total of 1,400sqm. The Buchan Group was appointed in March 2013 to provide design and architectural expertise to the project.

The Buchan Group’s Christchurch-based Practice Manager Raylene McEwan said the revitalised apartments have been rebuilt to earthquake-resistant standards after ground improvement and remediation was carried out on the site.

“Our project team’s initial brief was to assist in the repair and rebuild of the multi-storey Riverside building, which included removal of the existing external façade and major structural repair works and levelling, followed by the recladding of the entire building,” Ms McEwan said.

“After building consent was obtained, the building was stripped back almost to its bare concrete frame and re-levelled by compaction and jet grouting under the foundations. This is an important technique which ensures loose soils are reinforced to help correct the building’s structural foundations.

“A new cladding of composite aluminium and solid plaster not only modernised the façade design but provides a low maintenance and high quality finish. Insulation was also upgraded to meet current standards.

“The final stages of the refurbishment included refitting the building’s interior walls and rooms, including the luxurious penthouse bathroom designs.”

Ms McEwan said the team was proud to deliver a building that provided high quality accommodation for those looking for contemporary apartment living in the Merivale region.

“This redesign now showcases strong external design features resulting in a visually impressive and simplistic building which we feel embraces the new, forward-thinking vision for Christchurch City,” she said.

“This project shows it is physically possible and economically viable to repair earthquake damaged buildings, to bring them up to current building code requirements and return them to function rather than having to demolish and construct new in every case.

“There is an appetite for apartments in close proximity to public transport and recreational areas, and the overall finished product has been well received by the local market with strong interest from potential tenants and buyers.”

NorthWest Shopping Centre, Auckland NZ

February 10, 2015

Development of New Zealand's largest planned urban, business and retail facility Westgate in clude the NorthWest Shopping Centre which is on track for completion in October 2015, and set to transform Auckland’s North West region into a dedicated retail and lifestyle destination. 

The development aims to meet the demands of the fast-growing west Auckland area and its surrounding communities, creating a total development of up to 56ha when fully realised, alongside an extensive network of parks and walkways spanning over a further 6ha. This includes 11 Zones of retail and commercial activity ranging from the town centre, bulky retail and trade based zones.

The Buchan Group has had an involvement with the development for more than six years, working with New Zealand Retail Property Group (NZRPG) through the master planning, concept and preliminary phases of the overall comprehensive master plan.

Buchan Group Principal David Thornton said the new centre and surrounding facilities had been designed to serve the burgeoning North West community, and would benefit the entire Auckland region.

"NorthWest Shopping Centre provides a unique opportunity like no other within Australasia at this time to provide a master planned, integrated town centre, based on traditional urban design principles and typologies,” he said.

“The layout and design of the town square’s large civic space including the slow speed shared zone will give the general public maximum use for community events.

Coles Lara opens

February 5, 2015

Coles Lara Village Shopping Centre opened in December 2014, ahead of schedule and in time for Christmas trading. Designed by The Buchan Group, it is the first Coles for Lara and one of the new Coles centres marking the 100th birthday of the retailer. 

The $15M convenience centre comprises a 4,000 m² Coles supermarket, 16 specialty tenancies and restaurant pad site, with parking for 280 cars. 

Principal, Peter Lourey, said that the Centre’s design was based on the three principles of retail architecture. “Good tenants, good access and good parking are essential to all retail developments and Coles Lara Village offers all three,” he said.

Associates Clinton Jasmin and Guy Millais were the Project Architects.

Marco Melbourne takes shape

February 4, 2015

The first crane is on site at Marco Melbourne and the dual towers which are the signature of this luxury residential development will soon be rising at 42-48 Balston Street, Southbank.

Buchan Group Principal and Head of Delivery, Nick Nigro, said that when complete, Marco Melbourne will command views of the city, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Albert Park and Port Philip Bay.  The towers will rise 36 and 40 levels and will accommodate 433 apartments in a range of sizes and configurations. 

“The residential towers will rise from a podium housing a home theatre, private dining room, a residents’ lounge, a gym and outdoor swimming pool,” Nick said.  “These high-quality amenities will be important social spaces and will foster a sense of community among the residents.

“Construction is progressing extremely well.  In the final months of 2014, Crema Constructions completed piling works and both East and West core and sheet pile retention systems, and footings, rafts and pile caps were poured.   February will see major suspended concrete slab pours commence.”

Marco Melbourne is a Golden Sunrise Developments project.  The project is due to be completed in 2016.

David Drover to lead interiors

February 3, 2015

David Drover has joined The Buchan Group in Melbourne as a Principal leading our Interior Design studio.

David brings to his new role extensive experience in the design of commercial and hospitality interior projects for premium clients in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. His focus as a design professional has been enhanced and informed by extensive post graduate studies in business and management, and he is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at UNSW.  Prior to taking up his new position, David was a director at Kann Finch and Elan Creative, and held senior roles with Woods Bagot in Sydney and Thailand. 

His recent projects include the ISIS Melbourne office, refurbishment of the Morgan Stanley office in Chifley Tower, the 400-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel in Abu Dhabi, offices for Macquarie Bank in Manly and the Sydney corporate headquarters for Caltex Petroleum.