BENDIGO’s commercial developments are looking up, according to DCK Real Estate director Matt Bowles.
A second-storey office was assembled yesterday on top of the DCK building as cranes lifted building blocks into place.
The $1.5 million redevelopment was the first of its kind in Bendigo.
A total of 16 modules were put into prepared slots, as a crowd of people gathered to watch the second-storey building come together.
Mr Bowles said it was an innovative design that had never been done in the city.
He said more businesses in the CBD were looking at building up, rather than outward.
“It’s something unique,” he said. “But I think it will set the tone for other redevelopments around the city.
“If you look around the central area of Bendigo, you’ve got the multistorey car park, the DHS building, it’s all looking at building up. I think we’ll see quite a bit more of this style of development.”
Work began at 5am with Queen Street blocked off between Mitchell Street and Edward Street.
After a small glitch with getting a crane to start, all modules were pieced together by staff from BRB Modular.
Photographing part of the action, Laura Brown said she was impressed with the speed of the construction.
“It’s been interesting to watch it come together,” she said. “I think it will be a very nice office.”
The building will be the new home for O’Farrell Robertson McMahon lawyers. Mr Bowles said the office would be ready to open in April.