Hansen Yuncken was recently awarded the contract to restore the state heritage-listed Bice Building at Lot Fourteen following an open public tender process. This is the last of heritage-listed buildings on the site to be restored and refurbished ready for the next chapter of its life in the global innovation neighbourhood of entrepreneurship, research collaboration and cultural activity.
The four-storey Bice Building, completed in 1927, was built as part of the 1921 masterplan for the former Royal Adelaide Hospital. In its earlier life the building comprised a mix of accommodation for doctors and medical officers, patient wards with open-air balconies and administration offices.
The building will now be completely restored with a flexible internal layout and the creation of 2000sqm of modern adaptive workspace. The contemporary fit out will complement the Bice Building’s key heritage attributes. External works to create surrounding outdoor public areas will also be undertaken.
Hansen Yuncken estimate the project will create work for approximately 700 subcontractors and consulting partners during construction, with a peak of about 130 people on the site per day.
The Design Project team for the refurbishment included Hassell Architects, Purcell, WSP Engineering, Rider Levett Bucknall, D2 and Oxigen (public realm).
The refurbishment and fit out is due for completion in June 2021.