COMMONWEEALTH BANK BUILDING, MARTIN PLACE
Known as the ‘Money Box’, the iconic Commonwealth Bank office tower at 5 Martin Place (circa 1914) in the heart of Sydney’s financial precinct, is one of the city’s most recognised sandstone buildings, and rated as highly significant by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The parquet floor was heritage listed and of state significance. Originally installed into bitumen the expert craftsmen used a traditional tongue and groove system, with beautiful borders throughout.
The original building represents a golden era of building where natural materials were used throughout. Spectacularly restored in 2017, the restoration has won architectural awards for Urban Design and Heritage.
Now owned by Dexus and Cbus Property, the building was originally designed by architect John Kirkpatrick to house the headquarters of the Commonwealth Bank. Modelled on New York style skyscrapers, with structural steel frame, lavish materials and decoration.
The $430 million restoration from ground to level 10 restored all the original intact fabric of the facades and the interiors which remained in situ or contributed to the aesthetic quality with luxurious materials, balanced design and excellence in engineering.
Architects of the restoration Johnson Pilton Walker and Tanner Kibble Denton balanced the original heritage grandeur with ultra-modern features and high-tech materials. Extensively modernised and with outstanding environmental credentials, its distinctive features have been retained, including the original internal ‘light well’ as a central atrium, sandstone facades, marble lobbies and interconnecting staircases.
This Heritage listed Jarrah Block Parquetry floor was significantly damaged when a renovation in the 1960s saw the original parquetry cut to house conduits and then carpeted over. We were commissioned to repair the original parquetry and install new floors over 9 Levels with excellent results.