Adjacent to the Ringwood train station and opposite the iconic Eastland Shopping Centre, the Department of Transport (DoT) Ringwood Office & Customer Hub is a new state-of-the-art commercial building in Ringwood.

With a build value of $105.3M, the eleven-story Fender Katsalidis-designed commercial tower includes 4 levels of multi-story carpark and 6 levels of commercial office space, with the addition of a ground floor customer service centre, end-of-trip facilities, and a rooftop sky deck.

The sophisticated, contemporary aesthetic of the integrated fit-out by Peckvonhartel Group provides the DoT staff with a healthy, bright productive workplace, inspired by Victoria’s natural landscape and Ringwood’s vitality.

The office building provides approximately 24,000sqm of floor space for DoT and 278 on-site car spaces within the 4 levels of car parking.   Each level is approx. 2,200m2. A typical floor has a range of meeting areas, formal and informal, quiet rooms, and project areas. There are approx. 172 workstations on each typical floor.

The design includes an in-situ concrete structure with a full curtain wall façade to the office floors, and bespoke carpark façade allowing for natural ventilation, and low iron double height ground floor lobby glazing.

Key features of the building include 100% green energy power via a 50kW Solar PV Rooftop System, 86% locally sourced fit-out materials/ products, and 90% construction waste diverted from landfill.

New technology and innovation include motion sensor lighting programmable to suit expected usage, sensor-controlled taps, and toilets, and energy monitoring to enable real-time monitoring of energy consumption on each corporate level.

As part of the post-contract award process with QIC, there was a 7-week Project Development Phase (PDP) involving all consultants.  The primary focus of the PDP was for Maben to lead the Project Team in advancing the tender design by utilising not only Maben’s experienced personnel but also the subcontractor network available to our team.

In doing so, Maben also identified key items that were Value Engineered and implemented by QIC.

Significant consideration was given to the planning and management of all internal and external traffic management for this complex project.

Detailed traffic management plans were developed in consultation with VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria, and Metro Trains before construction to establish the proposed traffic flow protocols required for this project.

Works commenced in June 2020 and the cutting-edge sustainable project was completed by our team in July 2022.

Photography by Lisbeth Grosmann & Nicole England