The new Brickworks Design Studio in the Fortitude Valley is a new sleek, all-white building with purpose built boardrooms, outdoor courtyard, commercial kitchen and small office, designed by architects Richards & Spence.

The Design Studio creates a comfortable and inspiring environment for designers, specifiers and renovators to select interior and exterior home materials including precast concrete panels, pavers, roofing tiles and timber products. The space has also been custom designed for both large scale events and smaller intimate functions.

Tomkins’ scope of works included the refurbishment of an existing retail space which incorporated a new base building service infrastructure upgrade, new shopfront, new brick pier sign pylon, new internal shopfront display, product library displays, bespoke timber joinery furniture, bespoke steel framed sliding doors, unique internal curved wall meeting room, new commercial kitchen and BOH office space, and external landscaping including new paved paths.

The Brickworks Design Studio is unique in that it offers a new retail experience. The Showroom moved away from traditional displays and rather incorporates the products into the build which allows the end user to feel and experience the showcased product in its insitu position.

Working within a fully operating retail precinct had its challenges. Our project team effectively managed this by maintaining close contact with the facilities management team and ensuring a strong working relationship was maintained throughout the build. Closely working with the architect onsite on a regular basis to overcome design related issues, the team was able to work the architects design alteration into the programme to ensure a seamless build.

“We recently engaged Tomkins Commercial to undertake the fit out of our new Brickworks Design Centre, located in Fortitude Valley. Industry professionals, style conscious home builders and passionate renovators can now immerse themselves in the total Brickworks experience with the launch of this events and consultation space.

The Studio incorporates a state of the art kitchen and the latest audio-visual technology to support the boardroom, building products selection space and external courtyard. Despite this being a relatively small project of 180m2, there was a very high level of detail required for fit out which features products from our full suite of brands, bespoke joinery items and a specially-designed and imported lighting system. This required engagement of appropriate, skilled subcontractors who would maintain the high quality of finishes we required.

Throughout the contract negotiations and subsequent building programme, Tomkins were professional in their approach. Once mobilised on site, the team were sensitive to the needs of adjacent, existing tenants.

We required variations along the way and Tomkins always accommodated these requests, doing their best to minimise extensions to the programme and meet our opening deadline.

Due to the architecture and high quality of finishes, we have been able to attract interest from aligned associations looking to book the space for events. Clients also report is a pleasure to visit the Studio when undertaking selections for their own projects.

Our thanks go to the team at Tomkins for delivering a project which is receiving a great amount of positive sentiment and applause from clients, internal stakeholders and the general public. Brendan was on site every day – and well into some evenings – to ensure we reached our deadline and standards were upheld. We would have no hesitation in recommending Tomkins for future projects, large or small.

-Eve Castle, Business Development Manager Queensland, Brickworks Building Products