01/10/2021 - 08:00

Hawaiian’s people near its premium portfolio

01/10/2021 - 08:00

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Hawaiian’s refurbishment of the Parmelia Hilton Hotel brought with it an opportunity for a change of scenery.

Richard Kilbane oversaw the redevelopment. Photos: David Henry

Property management giant Hawaiian’s $45 million refurbishment of Parmelia Hilton Hotel Perth presented it with an unexpected, but welcome, opportunity.

Located adjacent to the hotel, where Mill Street, Westralia Square and Brookfield Place merge, a 40-year-old office building (and a prized piece of real estate in the city’s commercial business hub) offered Hawaiian the chance to position itself alongside one of its premium-grade portfolio assets.

While the building was not in the contemporary architectural style favoured by the company and its staff, Hawaiian office buildings general manager Richard Kilbane said he saw an opportunity to develop the site into a new office with multiple access points that would provide a vantage point for two of its most important portfolio assets.

Hawaiian seized the opportunity to relocate after more than a decade at 235 St Georges Terrace, with the office building demolished to make way for a two-level, 900 square metre purpose-built office.

The company tasked Cox Architecture with designing the office and enlisted the help of Hassell to handle the interiors, which feature collaboration zones, an auditorium with tiered bleacher seating, an enclosed outdoor alfresco work zone, sound-proof quiet pods, and a skylight over the staircase.

Hassell senior interior designer Adam Paikos-Coe said the office featured a striking monochromatic palette, embracing its urban context with greenery woven throughout the workspaces and dining areas.

Works from some of Australia’s finest private collections are hung on the walls, including works by Sidney Nolan and Elizabeth Durack.

Known for using relocations as an opportunity to demonstrate its capacity to renew existing and sometimes challenging spaces, Hawaiian constructed a pedestrian bridge across Mercantile Lane to facilitate direct access to Westralia Square and Brookfield Place and improve pedestrian access to the Esplanade train station and Elizabeth Quay.

Additionally, it opted to make use of the private access laneway off Mercantile Lane by leasing a space linked to its communal area to Community Coffee Co.

Mr Kilbane told Business News the integration of a cafe offered an opportunity to activate the space, while providing additional amenity to hotel guests and those in the surrounding office complexes.

Already the laneway cafe is a hive of activity, but Mr Kilbane said the company was in talks with neighbouring building owners about constructing a small park to further enhance the space.

It’s been just five months since Hawaiian moved into the new premises, but Mr Kilbane said they were equipped to house the company and its staff for at least the next decade.

“We’ll be here for at least the next ten years,” he said.

“It’s come together really well, and the staff have really embraced the space.”

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