After nearly 20 months of design and construction, she’s finally complete! And what a momentous occasion this is for Best Group, ME Bank and indeed, corporate Melbourne’s skyline itself. Its celebrations all round! ME Bank’s landmark sky signage project is finished.
Best Group were engaged at the commencement of 2011 to collaborate with ME Bank and it’s stakeholders to identify Melbourne Central Tower at 360 Elizabeth Street as their new Australian Headquarters.
MCT has never been branded by a corporate since its completion in 1991, and this project has demonstrated the complexities of working on an existing building with full glazed facades on all four elevations, together with being bounded by retail precincts on the ground level.
The experienced team at Best Group managed and navigated through a complex design process engaging with both ME’s brand marketing team, GPT (the building owner and manager) together with the original building architect and managing through the City of Melbourne planning permit process.
Embarking on the construction and implementation process was a large undertaking, and required precise construction project management delivered by Best Group. The intricate and labour intensive process to install signage to each side was made further complicated by safety risks underfoot of the works zone above.
Best Group effectively managed the integration of three separate trades under one collective safety management plan to successfully implement the sky signage, including the demolition and rebuilding to facade glazing to accommodate support structure.
Intense stakeholder engagement and collaboration was required with MCT building management, together with their GPT colleagues at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre to ensure the safety management plan identified all risks associated with the tasks and that the pedestrian flow underneath were protected at all times.
9 months on-site culminates in this exciting and permanent addition of ME Bank’s brand to the Melbourne skyline landscape, and it is a project that Best Group are incredible proud to say we have delivered.