As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, KPMG was keen to retain their prominent Melbourne building’s heritage when they embarked on a major refurbishment, while also conveying their contemporary approach to business. The project required a skillful design and logistics effort, as the refurbishment affected every part of the 26,000sqm accommodation and had to be implemented while KPMG was in occupation.
Geyer’s solution for the workplace floors involved ‘opening up’ the internal zones of the large (4,000sqm) working floors so that all of KPMG’s people had increased access to natural light and the beautiful vistas that their central Melbourne location afforded. Many offices were removed and several former Partner rooms were converted intomeeting rooms to achieve this. The resultant spacious effect belies the very efficient(12sqm per person) planning ratio achieved. The Kit of Parts solution enables a highly adaptable workfloor, which will save KPMG significant costs when changing configurations over the remaining lease period. The totally new Client floor has provided a greatly increased number of meeting rooms and related support facilities in a space that requires many rooms to be located away from the perimeter. The clever use of both a perimeter circulation path to many of the external meeting facilities which overlooks the Melbourne historic precinct; as well as a new circulation gallery, designed to be as impressive as the external one, creates an equality amongst facilities which allows the remainder of the floor to be used for important training and workplace activities.