Sekisui House Australia, part of the global Sekisui House, is building the $800 million integrated West Village residential community at West End and has chosen the icecream cone warehouse to site its new Sunshine State offices.
More than 60 staff from two locations will merge into the new headquarters, with responsibility for three signature projects in Queensland, valued at $3.7 billion.
The property group is currently working on Ecco Ripley, including Ripley Town Centre (Ipswich Regional Council); Yaroomba (Sunshine Coast Regional Council) and West Village. Nationally, Sekisui House is managing projects valued at more than $14 billion.
Sekisui House was established in Japan in 1960 and has built more that two million homes worldwide since, winning a swag of awards for innovation, quality and sustainability, and a focus on improving the environment.
West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson said the new office fitout represented the first part of the permanent restoration of two heritage listed buildings on the West Village site.
“Our new office is in the Cone Factory, which was built in July 1929 and was the site of one of the biggest innovations in ice cream when the chocolate plug was created for Peters’ Drumsticks,” Mr Thompson said.
“Our second heritage listed building, the 1928 Peters Icecream Factory, will soon start its conversion to an open plan fresh produce market on the ground floor and New York-style loft apartments on the first and second floors.”
The 1920s brick warehouse is located in the heart of West End, on Boundary Street at what is commonly known to locals as the Absoe site.
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