BMW’s development of the Cathedral and Treasury Precinct transpired as we were focusing on our reputation in fit-out expertise. Our team has first class capability and market knowledge in commercial fit-out, so when awarded the first major contract to fit-out part of the new 33-storey David Malcolm Justice Centre in the $700m Cathedral and Treasury Precinct, we couldn’t wait to get started.
The office tower building is located at 28 Barrack Street in Perth’s central business district and works comprised the fit-out of levels 2 to 16 (approximately 15,700sqm), plus ground floor and basement areas of the new civil courts for the Supreme Courts of Western Australia.
We are proud to have played an integral part of such an interesting and rewarding project which, now complete, houses ten courtrooms, eight hearing rooms, three special trial rooms, numerous interview rooms for civil matters, a law library for the Department of the Attorney General (DotAG), office accommodation for court support personnel and chambers for judges and registrars of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Throughout the duration of two projects carried out simultaneously to fit-out the David Malcolm Justice Centre the works were documented through film, which truly shows the quality of the completed projects.
We took the time to truly understand the ins-and-outs of the project – to ensure we were able to represent BMW’s interests and foster a truly collaborative culture.
A key feature of the project is the high end bespoke joinery and timber veneered wall panelling incorporated throughout all courtrooms and hearing rooms. By breaking down the timber packages our team was able to provide a detailed solution which controlled the quality and tracked the supply of the timber material, from its source in Tasmania to the install of the finished product.
A further point of difference was our integrated logistics plan which addressed limited lift availability and eliminated subcontractor cost of labour distributing materials. This plan proved a pivotal element of Broad’s award of further fit-out works of the 33-storey building (levels 19 to 31) to accommodate agencies of Western Australian Government, the Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Treasury, enabling a ‘whole tower’ approach to be undertaken for both projects.
The development of the innovative logistics plan and detailed timber solution were fundamental in adding value to the project and were recognised by BMW as addressing their risks and concerns in a collaborative and innovative way.
Works began on the Supreme Courts fit-out in July 2015 and over the ten month program Broad coordinated all fit-out works including structural work, all joinery and cabinet work, electrical services, mechanical services, hydraulic services, installation of audio visual equipment, installation of ceilings and flooring materials, coordination of all visual graphical elements of the fit-out, delivery of UPS rooms on all levels, works on the ground floor and basement areas which included a holding cell/security gates, and the installation of the new law library.
The library installation comprised procurement of existing shelving from the current law libraries - the Supreme Court at Stirling Gardens and the DotAG library at Westralia Square. Additionally, Broad coordinated the relocation of the libraries catalogue of books.
Over the course of the fit-out project, Broad managed the subcontract of works to 35 separate companies. Recognising exemplary safety and quality practices is an important part of Broad’s collaborative culture and regular engagement was undertaken in the form of quality and safety awards to individuals and companies that exercised exemplary practices.
The safety performance of the entire site team was commendable, with more than 190,000 work hours performed on the project and no LTI’s recorded throughout the works.
NB: Broad undertook the fit-out of the building on behalf of the State. Mirvac / Keppel REIT are the owners of the building.