Thirkell Consulting Engineers & Building Design has breathed a new lease on life into an old 1930's general store, now transformed into a trendy bakery and cafe.
The art deco facade was renewed, with the new features in-keeping, including the timber ribbing to the underside of the awning, the front stairs, and the new servery window. Much of the old rainforest timbers in the floors, doors, and windows were spruced up and redressed.
The Cairns Post newspaper reported on the project in August 2018 commenting that " Even the local tradies who are working on the project are embracing the project, finding and using old wood from a tobacco warehouse in Atherton."
Essential upgrades of the structure and additions for disability access, to meet compliance requirements, has brought the building up to code — the quality of the workmanship future proofing the building.
Thirkell Consulting Engineers & Building Design was commissioned by the owner of the building to reinstate the building envelope and make ready the internal space for the tenant's bakery and cafe fit-out. Services provided include building design, engineering and project management of the construction phase.