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Morgan Stanley Chifley Tower Restack

Designing a future-forward premium workplace for one of the world’s leading finance sector organisations.
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Sydney, Australia


Morgan Stanley



Morgan Stanley occupies five floors of the premium Chifley Tower building in Sydney, and sought a reconfiguration, upgrade and refresh of its office space. A total floor area of 4,200m2 was redesigned and the fit-out refurbished to deliver energy-efficient open plan office areas, cellular offices, meeting rooms and a pantry area.

Cundall was engaged throughout the project from design through construction and commissioning to provide building services engineering. The reconfiguration of the floorplate required extensive modification to existing services. Our team also improved operational efficiency by innovative upgrades to Communication Room plant, tenant chilled water system and the tenant supplementary air conditioning plant.

"This complete refresh of five floors of premium office space ensures the workplace will be productive and efficient for the next decade and beyond. It also aligns building performance with broader company objectives, as the enhanced energy-efficiency of building services including HVAC helps Morgan Stanley target a zero-carbon operational footprint." Binaya Karki, Associate Director.

Key fact

Chifley Tower was originally constructed in the 1980s – upgrading building services ensures the building performs as well, if not better, than many new-build office tenancies.


Key fact

By reviewing existing services and, where possible, designing for upgrades rather than full service replacement, the refurbishment minimised waste and capital cost.


Key fact

A key challenge of the project was to ensure the critical IT and communications systems and facilities remained operational throughout all phases of the works.


Significantly improving the performance of an older building through well considered building services engineering is a tremendous achievement.