Myer Music Centre Redevelopment

  • Client: Melbourne Grammar School
  • Architect: Peter Elliott Architecture
  • Date: 2021

Melbourne Grammar School engaged Maben Group under a Construct Only contract, to deliver its redevelopment project.

Works involved the extensive refurbishment and upgrade of two heritage buildings and the construction of a new basement and “infill” building between them.

The circa 1960 Myer Music building refurbishment involved the reconfiguration of ground floor music practice rooms, new internal linings and the establishment of a recording & music studio on level 1.

The heritage listed Bromby House was erected in 1965, however more recent additions at the rear could be demolished to make way for the development. The existing dwelling was fully refurbished with new floors, ceilings and significant thermal and acoustic insulation to create Music Tutorial Rooms on the ground floor & level 1.

The new concrete and feature-brick infill building required extensive site excavation to create two new basement level music studios. The excavation & bored piers presented a unique challenge due to their close proximity to the adjoining properties. Space and height restrictions meant that the extensive horizontal steel propping structure needed to be cut out and removed in pieces following the installation of the ground floor suspended slab.

Site constraints and lack of useable free space on site posed the most significant programming and logistical challenge for our team. All site deliveries and materials handling processes required micromanagement and careful scheduling of critical elements. Extensive traffic management and material handling obligations imposed by the local council bylaws created a significant risk management process and daily routine for the project.

Despite the challenging nature of the site and COVID-19 disruptions, a very high level of finish was achieved. Maben Group developed an excellent relationship with the client throughout the project and collaborated closely with the consultants and the school on all critical aspects of the project to deliver solutions aligning with the school’s expectations for end-use and sustainability.

Maben commenced construction in November 2019 and completed the project in February 2021.

Photography by John Gollings.