Originating as a woolstore warehouse, 45 Jones Street Ultimo is a commercial building encompassing three levels of car parking and four levels of commercial office space. Bates Smart was engaged to design the upgrade of the base building facilities including lifts, amenities and kitchens.
Floor, wall and ceiling treatments to each level generally were assessed and included in the upgrade. The office levels were stripped back, exposing the original timber ceiling, beams and joists. In combination with the selection of simplistic finishes and treatments, this enhanced the original character of the building.
Simple use of colour in the lifts and amenities contrasts well with the neutral base palette, driven by the natural materials used in the original building.
The Entry Lobby design complements the original building fabric through the introduction of harder man-made materials and clean lines. The juxtaposition between old and the new materials provides a clean and minimal looking entry lobby that contributes to the arrival experience.
45 Jones Street is located in Ultimo and is a landmark building of significance - a cornerstone structure with its own blend of Australian history. Designed by the architect, Herbert E Ross, who also designed the Commonwealth Bank Building in Martin Place, the original five level federation style warehouse was purpose built for the Co-operative Wool and Produce Company in 1899 on a former quarry site. By 1911 after additions including two floors, the building had a capacity for storage of up to 50,000 bales of wool making it the largest single wool store in Sydney at the time.
The property was purchased by Toga Group in 2005, who then refurbished the building and upgraded its facilities and equipment using award winning architects Bates Smart.
As a result of these works the building was recently awarded a 4.5 star NABERS Rating.
Current tenants include:
- The Head Office of Johnson & Johnson Pacific (JJPL)
- The National Headquarters of Screen Australia
- The NSW Head Office of Sheridan Australia
- The Head Office of the Building Owner, The Toga Group of Companies
- The Head Office of Hardie Grant Publishing
- The Head Office of Montgomery Investments
Currently available is approximately 500-1,300sqm of fully fitted out and furnished office space, most recently occupied by JJPL. The premises can be taken as a ‘turn-key’ solution for the right occupier otherwise a full refurbishment will be offered by the building owners.