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Studco Rises To The Challenge At Myer Bourke Street Store

Thursday, 14th April, 2011

Myer department stores have been a Melbourne icon since 1927 and on Friday 1 April 2011, their flagship Bourke Street store was officially reopened,

following some of the most extensive refurbishment works we have seen in recent years. 

The beautiful and ornate Bourke Street store was originally built in 1929 by Sidney Myer and is now a heritage listed property, with some excellent examples of the period architecture from the per-war era.

Studco Building Systems has been heavily involved in the refurbishment works, from initial discussions with the architects at the concept design stage through to the material sign off at the project completion, and every step of the way in between.


Our engineers were on hand to assist with designs for internal walls, suspended ceilings, lighting pelmets and external façades. The ceilings are a really amazing sight, with a mixture of triangulated and angled facets, intersecting at recessed lighting features with aluminium coping highlights along the ridgeline. The breathtaking appearance of the final finish is a credit to all the contractors involved in constructing these ceilings.


The project posed many challenges at every stage of the project, especially when you’re trying to integrate a 100 year old structure with some of the most advanced modern building methods.


The site logistics was a massive challenge in itself, with the store being situated right at the epicenter of Melbourne bustling CBD shopping district. Deliveries were largely made out of hours, from 5:30am through to 11:00pm. Our engineers assisted the builder and contractors on site morning, noon and night, and many products had to be custom modified on short lead times and tight delivery schedules.


Studco would like to congratulate all involved on this project, and especially the carpentry and plastering crews, on the fantastic appearance of the final result. Next time you drop into Myer Bourke Street store, look around you and see all the hard work for yourself.

Studco products used at the Myer Bourke Street project…

  • Studco steel stud system
  • Studco concealed ceiling system
  • Studco Slimceil low-clearance ceiling system
  • Resilmount acoustic ceilings and walls
  • Ezy-Reveal & Ezy-Cap, including custom sizes
  • Fast-Cap recessed lighting pelmets
  • Studco plasterboard finishing sections
  • Studco PVC moldings & trims
   Ceilings under construction with pre-fabricated pelmets.
   A maze of ceiling components, with compounded angles and intersecting joints of up to five ceiling facets.