The last piece of Wynyard Place is the historical building Beneficial House, located on George Street. Built in 1922, it housed Sydney’s first menswear department store, Peapes. The building is a rare commercial example of interwar Georgian revival architecture, and our aim was to restore it as close to its original design as possible. Externally, we retained and restored the beautiful brick facade and timber windows, while interally we stripped back years of additions and interventions, refurbishing and revealing original timber flooring, panelling and windows.
The internal fit out is a nod to the original Peapes interiors, which had simple white ceilings with all the structure and services hidden. The building will provide boutique commercial workspace and ground floor retail. The rooftop serves as an external terrace for occupants on level 4 of the adjacent commercial tower, with views over the terracotta roof tiles and across the city. The original rooftop water tank has been restored and is now home to a Port Jackson fig tree, providing another characterful dimension to Brookfield Place Sydney.