Quality, precision and detail. Designed by Hayball Architects, the high-end workplace features an exacting level of detail and consistency. That was the brief for Gandel Group’s new head office at Tower One, Chadstone. The owners of the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere wanted a space that reflected their commitment to luxury; quality, as opposed to budget, was the central concern.

Schiavello Construction was engaged as head contractor to deliver the project, which was split between the main office on level nine and a barbecue terrace on level ten. Level nine works included a full floor interior fit-out, detailed steel frame partitions, feature ceilings, a greenwall with bronze cladding and bespoke joinery, whilst the outdoor terrace featured timber walls and ceiling, bronze mirrors, solid timber benches and a custom made 8m wide vertical lift window.

An integrated project, Schiavello leveraged its in-house capabilities to add value, from manufacturing and construction, to joinery and furniture. Schiavello’s metal fabrication division Metcon manufactured the steel frame windows, Prima Architectural was responsible for the high-end joinery, caesarstone benches and upholstered banquet seating, and Schiavello Systems provided the Krossi workstations to optimise aesthetics and functionality. This coordinated approach meant Schiavello could streamline the supply and installation of many of the key features.

Given level of detail required, the workplace project was not without its challenges. A considerable amount of sampling was undertaken to ensure consistency across the finishes, with each timber veneer hand picked to match the existing tones of the flooring and boardroom furniture. The oversized artwork that featured throughout the fit-out required a crane to lift them in place via a designated ‘artwork slot’ in the level ten slab.

Schiavello also had to work within a tight timeframe to ensure all in-ceiling works (services reticulation) were completed prior to installation of the feature ceiling, as only limited access was available once complete. The class 5 solid plaster and perforated ceiling featured seamless joins throughout open office areas. This provided noise absorption and return air without the need for unsightly grilles. These challenges were managed through close collaboration and communication between the project team and the subcontractors, ensuring the completed project met the client’s rigorous standards.


Location: Levels 9 & 10, Tower 1, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Chadstone
Area: 2,000sqm
Duration: 5 months
Project Type: Interior Construction, Furniture
Project Manager: Gandel Group
Architect/Designer: Hayball Architects
Services Engineer: ADP Consulting
Engagement Method: Lump Sum
Completed: December 2016
Schiavello Subsidiaries: Schiavello Systems, Prima Architectural, Metcon
Products: Krossi, Sit to Stand & Fixed Height Workstations