GHD Woodhead was engaged by Barwon Water to provide architectural and engineering design services for the redevelopment of their existing Head Office into a contemporary, energy-efficient facility.

The 1977 building will be refurbished to provide a significantly enhanced Ryrie Street presence. A new landscaped entry forecourt featuring rain gardens and articulated pedestrian spaces will provide new connections from Ryrie Street through to Aitchison Place.

This redevelopment will allow the building and its occupants to fully engage with Geelong’s civic and cultural precinct by maximising daylight and key views, creating new connections within and through the building, while providing much needed additional floor space for enhanced staff amenities and working environments.

The refurbished building will be wrapped in a high-performance façade tailored to respond to site specific environmental conditions as well as provide a new icon for central Geelong. The design of the façade takes visual cues from the building’s eclectic site context.

The $25 million refurbishment of Barwon Water’s Ryrie Street headquarters is due to begin in 2016. The office will be transformed into a flexible, modern workplace, accommodating Barwon Water’s Geelong-based employees under one roof.