The historic building on the corner of Limestone and East Streets which recently housed the Bendigo Bank is up for lease. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
The historic building on the corner of Limestone and East Streets which recently housed the Bendigo Bank is up for lease. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Landmark revamp to lure new CBD tenants

AN ICONIC Ipswich building is getting a refit in the hope of attracting new tenants to the heritage-listed landmark.

The two-storey Building Society site on the corner of East and Limestone Sts used to be home to the Bendigo Bank.

The privately-owned building, which has stood since 1888, is now empty and Trident Corporation is in the process of seeking a new lessee.

The recently-vacated property is undergoing a major refurbishment, which includes a full internal demolition of all existing tenancy fit-out, the installation of a new building lift, new amenities and new finishes throughout. The building will offer up to 1500sq m of office or retail space in one line or it is able to be split into smaller parcels.

The leasing campaign is now under way with Trident inspecting with local agents and their prospective tenants. Trident Corporation was engaged by the owners to work with them in repositioning the property.

Trident Corporation's Neill Read is co-ordinating an open agency leasing campaign.

Award-winning architects Cottee Parker have been engaged to provide architectural and interior design, Blades Project Services is managing the project and Hutchinson Builders has carried out the initial works program.

"Upon completion early next year we will be offering the best quality office and retail accommodation in the Ipswich CBD," he said. "New tenants will have excellent amenity with the brand-new Coles just across the road. Ipswich Station is also just a few minutes walk.

"The internal strip-out has unveiled some intricate brickwork and archways that Cottee Parker plan to bring into the finishes."

The building will boast a mix of the existing brickwork and then contemporary finishes including new floor coverings, ceilings and wall finishes.

The entry foyer will be impressive with high-quality floor tiles and lighting, and the exterior will be freshly painted providing a new impressive colour scheme.



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