Professionals Australia

Professionals Australia

Size: 900sqm

Professionals Australia is a network of 25,000 Australian professionals working together for a better future.  Professionals Australia advocate strongly for their members to help create a better future for their profession as well as helping them at every stage of their career with expert advice on pay, work conditions and rights at work.

It all began when Professionals Australia sold a prominent multistorey standalone building in South Melbourne which prompted the organisation to relocate and invest in property elsewhere in Melbourne.

152 Miller St West Melbourne was available on the property market but needed significant upgrade works both internally and externally to house the Professional staff comfortably.

Zircon Interiors was contracted to fulfill the design and construct of the new space as well as coordinating critical council planning for the development of the external facade and refurbishment of the car parking area.

The Professionals Australia staff could focus on what they do best while Zircon managed the whole process.

DDA compliance was paramount to Professionals to ensure the staff could easily access all areas of the office which involved the installation of a new 3 stop through car lift and extensively refurbishing the existing amenities.

The design included sandblasting the existing heritage brickwork to bring back the West Melbourne experience as well as recycling a stone slab in the waiting area as a continued piece of heritage.

“Being a NFP organisation, Professionals Australia undertook a rigorous selection process before selecting the preferred supplier to undertake the complete refit of our newly purchased building in West Melbourne before selecting Zircon Interiors.

Key factors in selecting Zircon Interiors included having a fixed price contract, ability to visit a number of their completed fit-outs and talking with past clients of Zircon.

Our specific job had a tight timeline that was non-negotiable from our perspective and had to be completed to a high standard within budget all of which Zircon were able to achieve and deliver the completed product on time and on budget. Of course there were variations to the original budget as we identified additional items during the build, but these were always identified, scoped, priced and signed off before continuing with the fit-out.

Having been through several major fit-out projects previously, I was impressed with the planning, direct communication channels and ability to stick to timeframe and budget. Zircon only used the highest quality trades people on the project as well as very informative and helpful design team to assist with colour and fit-out selection.

The final fit-out exceeded our expectations and the feedback from staff and visitors has been nothing other than complimentary to the quality and design of the fit-out. As an example of this, our staff kitchen has been photographed by our coffee machine supplier for use in their advertising.

Therefore, I have no hesitation in recommending Zircon Interiors.”

Evan Romer, Chief Finance Officer, Professionals Australia