Coffey Projects has recently completed delivery of a new and exciting food hall at The Galeries in Sydney’s CBD. Formerly a dull, underground environment, The Galeries’ food court has transformed into a premium dining destination.
According to Coffey project director Nelson Silva, the below street level location had very little natural light and was therefore traditionally a difficult retail space.
“We needed make it an inviting and easily accessible destination for diners, while working within the restraints of a complex fire engineered solution,” he said.
“Part of the solution was to include a new sculptural staircase to link the food hall to street level. This has had a dramatic effect: as well as being visually stunning, it has had a direct effect on patronage and access to the food court.”
Other design features include textured finishes, and a layering of design and lighting elements, which provides an upmarket feel.
Coffey Projects took on a full project management role to deliver the food hall, which involved 20 months of planning and five months of construction, as well as the general upgrade to the retail arcade and signage.
With expertise in the areas of contract management, design development and consultant management, Coffey Projects successfully refurbished the area without disrupting trade in the centre.
The Galeries’ owner, Ipoh Pty Ltd, has worked with Coffey Projects before on the $40 million refurbishment of Sydney’s iconic Queen Victoria Building and the prestigious Chifley Plaza.
Ipoh group general manager Victor Gaspar offered his praise for The Galeries project. “Coffey Projects has once again excelled, producing a fantastic result from a challenging project. We have been particularly delighted with Coffey’s drive and commitment,” he said. “The project was completed on time, within budget and with minimal disruption to centre trading.”