1 William Street was a complex project delivered in a dynamic political and economic environment. Announced as a modern solution for State Government office accommodation, 1 William Street offered to consolidate a range of disparate government departments and agencies scattered across multiple CBD buildings, into one contemporary workplace.
Tenders were called in late 2012 and in December that year, Cbus was announced as the successful developer. When the government changed at the State Election in January 2015, the building was well under construction. For a time, there was a degree of uncertainty in terms of how many government departments would occupy the building. In addition, there was a proposal to lease a portion of the office space to the private sector but following a marketing campaign the government decided to occupy the entire building.
This was only an issue because, as Queensland’s largest integrated fitout with a co-dependent building and fitout construction program, timing and clarity on which departments would be going where was very important. Even without the political uncertainty that inevitably follows a change of government, there were evolving government drivers and priorities to contend with. For example, there were several changes in the building occupancy plan, requiring proactive and diligent management to avoid any impacts on the construction progress and cost to the project.