BCM Headquarters – Mount Pleasant

BCM Headquarters – Mount Pleasant

The Ballarat Construction Management (BCM) Headquarters is a state-of-the-art building located in a peri-urban industrial zone in a thriving regional metropolis. The building was designed to make a statement and demonstrate the construction capabilities of BCM, exemplifying capability, craft, and professionalism.

The elegant design pushes the boundaries of construction and buildability, using a refined material and patterning language to unify the project, inside and out. This language is represented through the punctuated façade, featuring a cross-hatch of glazing, concrete, and Corten steel accents.

There was tension between the design intent and functional constraints, which were overcome through creative design-build solutions between the architect and client. These solutions included silicon glass panels rebated into concrete frames without channels or framing, and diagonal concrete band beams interconnecting through corners and the top of the structure. The concrete is polished throughout the building to highlight the natural aggregates, and recessed, coloured LED strip lighting adds a stunning effect in the evenings.

Inside the building, the light-filled double-height entrance foyer features a suspended triple pendant, polished concrete cantilevered staircase,and the monolithic form of the Corian reception desk. A slatted timber screen softens the space visually and acoustically, concealing storage, workshop,staff amenities, and access to the warehouse. Upstairs, there is a generous director's office, board room, and a combination of cellular and open-plan office spaces to promote a flexible and creative workplace.

Completion date: 2016

Builder: BCM


  • Architizer – 2016 people’s Choice Award for Architecture + Facades.
  • NABD – 2016 Best New/Alteration/Addition Commercial Design.
  • NABD – 2016 Best Non-Residential Interior Design.
  • BDAV – 2016 Commendation for Non-Residential.
  • BDAV – 2016 Joint Winner Excellence in Use of Glass.