$12m revamp of David Madison building

A SNEAK peek at the $12million revamp of the David Maddison Building reveals it includes a ‘‘living green wall’’ in its contemporary cafe.

Developer Keith Stronach has dubbed his latest project Watt Street Commercial, and said yesterday he expected the new site to become the ‘‘preferred beachside business address’’ in the CBD.


Work began yesterday on fitting out the prominent building, on the corner of Watt and King streets, that was once the Hunter Medical Research Institute headquarters.

While the building’s curvy external ’80s aesthetic will remain, the external areas will be upgraded to include a plaza-style entry, landscaping and a repolishing of the stainless steel facade on Watt Street.

The large ground-floor lobby will feature a cafe with seating and lounge areas for the use of tenants and the general public.

There will be six levels of office space, with up to 2220square metres per floor. The upper three levels will boast sprawling north-facing terraces with views to Nobbys and beyond.

A 220-seat lecture hall will be upgraded and secure on-site parking added. There will also be ground-floor bicycle storage and showers for tenants keen to capitalise on the beachside location during their lunchbreak.

Mr Stronach is in talks with potential tenants and expects about 500 people to be based in the building by late next year.

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