Toga Far East Hotels enlisted ADG CDS to aid in repurposing the heritage-listed Queensland Government Savings Bank building, located at 171 George Street in Brisbane City, into an artfully restored and contemporary 220-suite hotel.
Constructed between 1914 and 1922, the structure of the original 10-storey office building — which was then Brisbane’s first ever high-rise — consists of an unusually complex, non-standard combination of sandstone, concrete, timber, and structural steel due to material shortages during World War I.
Project value: $40 million | Project timeline: 2017 – 2018
Dissatisfied with the original design proposal allowing for just one additional level to be constructed above the existing building, ADG CDS and ADG Engineers were engaged to find an alternative solution to maximise the development opportunity. By undertaking a thorough structural investigation of the existing building’s condition we were able to provide recommendations to unlock the full potential of the asset.
ADG CDS solution
Utilising the investigation insights provided by ADG CDS, ADG Engineers was able to confirm greater structural capacity than originally assumed, enabling Toga Far East Hotels to scheme an additional six levels above the existing structure without the need for significant strengthening works — maximising the hotel’s gross floor area and yield by 45 per cent.
- Material sampling and testing
- Virtual recreation of the as-built existing structure
- Reinforcement cover detection
- Point cloud scanning