Dexus Childcare Facility, 123 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD

role Design Advisory, Interior Design value $1.7-3.1 million completion date March 2013 area 1,150m² client Dexus Property

peckvonhartel was engaged by Dexus to determine the viability of locating a new childcare centre in an existing car park facility located in the Central Business District of Brisbane.

The scope of services was to provide comprehensive advice regarding the proposed location, design and commercial context for the childcare facility. The analysis included construction methods, opportunities and constraints of the existing space, most efficient and cost-effective use of floor plate and impact minimisation to adjacent areas.

Critical to the analysis were childcare statutory space requirements and best practice design principles. This includes compliance with building standards, legislation and recent early learning industry research. Australian, Queensland and Brisbane City Council regulations are very specific on the requirements of local childcare facilities. Flow diagrams illustrating required and recommended spatial adjacencies and functional arrangements were developed to demonstrate current best practice design standards. Particular attention was paid to the sustainability component of the design to complement the building’s 6 Star Green Star office design rating.

peckvonhartel conducted a review of the viability and marketability of the proposed childcare centre. This provided an indication of the number of same or similar childcare facilities in the CBD and fringe areas and specific case studies and vacancy rates. Following the review and recommendations of peckvonhartel, Dexus was able to determine the viability of the proposed childcare centre.