Growing Hunter-based insolvency and advisory firm Rapsey Griffiths has moved into their newly renovated and larger premises within a well-known Newcastle landmark building.
Now in their third year, the Rapsey Griffiths team of nine, has taken over the top floor of 55 – 57 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
Director Chad Rapsey said the new premises allowed for continued expansion of the firm and the opportunity for a custom-built fitout.
“Since establishing Rapsey Griffiths we have seen ongoing encouraging signs for the economic development of the Newcastle CBD, so it made sense to purchase in the area by acquiring a centrally-located property,” Chad said.
“We have enhanced the old building with a new design, working with locally-based Trade Design Group, to create an office space that can meet our modern requirements, whilst retaining the natural charm of the building.”
“We’ve needed more space for a while, and this investment will allow us to continue to grow our team and deliver our specialised services for clients.”
Trade Design Group Director, Kerrie Payne, said that the brief was to create a practical work space to cater for daily business operations whilst striving to retain much of the original floor plate.
“The original layout of the space had been chopped up and added to over the past several decades creating a limited floorplan for a modern office environment,” Kerrie said. “Working with a heritage style building and the solid original structures that come with it, proved to be challenging when it came to amalgamating old and new materials, finishes and technology, whilst remaining sympathetic to a bygone era.”
“Having discussed key goals we made use of some existing features, such as double brick walls, glazed partitions, original windows and doors and even a solid steel vault, whilst making some significant changes including raising the overall ceiling height, resulting in an abundance of natural light to flood the previously dim office areas.”
“The completed space is a complimentary blend of past and present, with subtle reminders of the building’s history remaining as an integral feature throughout,” Kerrie concluded.