North Lakes Central

Name: North Lakes Central

Date: December 2013

Client: Lakefield Developments Pty Ltd

Builder: Constructions Group (Aust)

Category: Commercial

Description:

North Lakes Central is a 3620m² commercial retail/office development in the northern Brisbane suburb of North Lakes. Tenants include a newsagency, cafes, restaurants, salon, jeweller, Stocklands display showroom, commercial real estate agent and professional office suites.

 

8i Architects was employed by the client (Lakefield Developments Pty Ltd) to design a modern commercial building to attract prospective tenants. As a commercial venture, maximising gross floor area for greater financial return and obtaining value for money was of primary importance. To achieve this, 8i Architects provided a strategic concept plan that maximised the building’s street presence and exposure and provided easy to navigate carpark access. The building was designed as a singular whole with articulation through awnings and shade structures, rather than breaking up the building into smaller pieces.

We have received positive feedback from the clients, builder, tenants and users of the facilities on the street presence of the building, its easy to navigate circulation through the building and its modern appearance.

 

8i Architects was the principal architect on the project. We were novated by the client to the builder (Constructions Group) in a Design and Construct contract.

As we had worked successfully with the builder and the consultants on several other occasions, we were all familiar with each other’s methodology. This enabled an efficient design and documentation process and allowed the builder time to construct the building in a very short timeframe.

 

The site was purchased in August 2012, construction began on site in April 2013, and the building was completed in November 2013 (ahead of the December 2013 scheduled completion date). This timeframe included initial concepts, tendering and negotiations to selected builders for the Design and Construct contract, a town planning application and approval, Design Development, Building Approval Documentation, Construction Documentation and Construction. Given the size of the building and its associated carparks, the building was completed in a short amount of time.

While operational and tenanted in December 2013, the building had its official opening ceremony on 29th March 2014 attended by Federal Member for Petrie Mr Luke Howarth, Councillor Allan Sutherland of Moreton Bay Regional Council and Rugby League International Petero Civoniceva.

8i Architects has maintained a very good ongoing working relationship with the developers and the builders and is currently engaged to review tenancy fitout designs within the building.

Photographer: Taylormade Digital Images

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I have worked with Charmaine, Hieu and the team at 8i Architects for the past 6 years. I can honestly say that if you want no nonsense, non-ego based, well thought through and sensible architecture then let 8i manage your project for you. 

 

In my opinion 8i are big enough to handle projects up to the value of around $100m but small enough to provide the level of service that you won't get from the larger architectural firms who will give your project to a junior architect to manage. 

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