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H.C. Coombs Centre Renewal

122A Kirribilli Avenue, Kirribilli NSW 2061

Client: Reserve Bank of Australia

Architect: Allen Jack + Cottier

Project Description: The Reserve Bank of Australia H.C. Coombs Centre for Financial Studies is a training facility owned & operated by the Bank since 1960. The 5-storey centre is equipped with (11) conference / meeting rooms and (31) guest rooms available to both government agencies & large corporate clients and boasts a stunning main dining room overlooking the city skyline, Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour.

Completion date: Highgate Management was engaged in June 2018 and practical completion was achieved in June 2022.

The project comprised a base build strip out & refurbishment of all conference & guest rooms, new glazed entry vestibule to the main building, extensive grounds update including new tiered outdoor breakout space, new service lift, services upgrades & glazed link to the heritage listed 2-storey Carabella House.

Highgate’s Role: Highgate Management provided project management on behalf of the Bank throughout the business case / masterplanning / operational enhancement, procurement & construction stages of the project. Key tasks included program & cost input during the business case and masterplanning stage, preparation of stakeholder & change management plan, facilitation of user group workshops to develop the design brief and schematic design report, contractor procurement, value engineering & contract administrator / superintendent services during construction.

The project team successfully overcame significant challenges presented by the Covid 19 pandemic of 2020 / 2021, record rainfall & widespread flooding during 2022 and subsequent cost escalation throughout this period. Current bookings & patronage have achieved record levels in line with the original business case & consistent with the primary purpose & reputation of the centre.