Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd (GBSC) was awarded the contract to perform demolition and re-construct the Rocks Laneway by the City of Greater Geraldton. The Project was part of the City of Greater Geraldton’s scope to revitalise the foreshore precinct and provide a new pedestrian connection between the CBD shopping and the Foreshore. It is a feature space for year-round community events and activities, including opportunities for local artists to exhibit and perform, attracting visitors to the area.
The Rocks building was formerly a traditional retail building that fronted Marine Terrace and Foreshore Drive, and the former Post Office Building was transformed as an architectural interpretation of where the building formerly stood. This new structure is now called the Ghost Office. It provides seating in a shaded area provided by the timber structure. The original clock from the Marine Terrace tower has also been re-installed on the side of this structure. The significance of this project is immense. The building occupies a strategic and high-profile location in the City’s heart. This project has transformed not only a stunning and precious part of the city but also the entire streetscape.
The project not only created a major new pedestrian connection between the City CBD and the new foreshore, it features spaces for year-round community events and activities. The sequence of activated spaces is stitched together with a bold meta graphic’s by renowned artist Trevor Richards that references Geraldton Wildflowers (Pink, Yellow and White) on a background of green sea grass.