It’s always an honour when we can work on commercial projects that provide crucial support to the Queensland community. That’s why we were so excited to have been engaged for the renovation and extension of an office space for Quality Lifestyle Support (QLS) Disability Service in 2020. QLS Disability Service offer an incredible service, which provides support to those with disabilities and their families.

Designed by Bianca Gemmill from BCG Building Design, this project was a little different to the luxury home builds we are used to crafting here at McGowan Homes. Instead, this commercial build saw us balance a range of accessibility, functionality and safety requirements, with a spacious and inviting interior design.

The Brief

For this space, our clients requested a family-oriented office design with a homely atmosphere. They also needed the additional space and storage to create a comfortable environment for both staff and clients.

We had worked with the QLS team in the past, having built a mezzanine and storage space at their neighbouring cafe, and a luxury home build for the QLS founder in Runaway Bay. But this office renovation was different – as a large-scale commercial project, it involved a different approach from our team and a large number of suppliers, tradespeople and subcontractors.

The Works

This commercial project saw us lift and restump the existing structure, extend the front, rear and internal floorplan, paint both externally and internally and install a brand new office fit out. The interior design was kept fresh and minimal, featuring timber accents, stunning floorboards and plenty of built-in storage. Some of the standout features include the stunning exterior Scyon Linea cladding and a smart Fire Wall System, both of which were from James Hardie.

Challenges

As with all construction projects, this one came with some unique challenges. As the office was located on a busy street and we had minimal storage space on-site, we had to think ahead and be smart when it came to scheduling deliveries. Our clients also had a secondary functioning office on site, which meant we had to ensure the building was fully secured at all times to protect everyone’s safety.

As a commercial office space providing disability services, we had to make sure the space complied with the National Construction Code for disability access and amenities, which includes special requirements around ramps, toilets, doors, signage, among other elements. We also had to soundproof the meeting room.

Another necessity for a commercial build is ensuring the space is compliant with fire regulations. This involved installing a fire protection wall and scheduling a fire safety inspection before workers could occupy the newly-built space.

The Results

Our clients are over the moon about their completed office space. The process was simple, communication was always upheld at all times and we managed to craft a welcoming and comforting space for staff, clients and their families. See exactly what our clients had to say in the testimonial video below:

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