Café Court, Brookfield Place

Café Court, Brookfield Place
April 23, 2020 hoskins_2sWneSj62l7

Client: Brookfield Properties
Designer: MBBD
Project Manager: BGIS

HAVING GAINED A REPUTATION IN THE INDUSTRY AS HAVING THE CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY TO DELIVER COMPLEX REFURBISHMENTS, WE WERE ENGAGED TO FULLY REFURBISH THE CAFÉ COURT IN THE HEART OF BROOKFIELD PLAZA OVER ITS BUSIEST TRADE PERIOD WHILST MAINTAINING FULL OPERATIONS TO TENANCIES AND WITHOUT REDUCING SEAT CAPACITY.

Features of this project included:

During the tender period we worked closely with our nominated internal delivery team as well as with our subcontractors to provide the best methodology to meet the objectives within the parameter set out above.

Throughout this period, we workshopped with our subcontractors dust mitigation strategies to ensure that risk to operation for tenancies was negated. Our strategies included full height hoards, installation of plastic zipwall across the front of the tenancies and over the island tenancies. Labour intensive this was done each night and removed each morning. Additional cleaning within the tenancies was also undertaken where dust had been brought in by the air conditioning. The main activity that would create dust was the grinding and removal of the solid basalt flooring throughout.

Working solely out of hours, we split the project into six stages. With the project being driven initially to replace smooth basalt that didn’t meet the requirements of Brookfield Properties – particularly when wet, our scope was to replace this in nominated areas to flamed basalt that matched existing in other areas as well as install feature terrazzo.

With an objective to also change the whole look and feel of the café court to better reflect the surroundings and status and therefore increase footfall, we replaced all light fittings with a track and pendant system, the large yellow ceiling features were removed, tables with charging stations were installed – the first time this has been done in a café court in Australia, new banquette seating and furniture with data and charging points and luxury finishes including leather and velour , existing bulkhead and columns were tiled to modernize and upgrade the finish and signage was updated.

We worked closely with Brookfield Properties, BGIS and MBBD – the Sydney based interior designer, workshopping our planned methodologies and meeting at critical milestones such as setting out furniture before it was installed to ensure design intent and objectives were met.

Tenant communications were provided each fortnight to assist with change management.