Vaughan Constructions has leased 1759²m of its $15 million Harvester Centre to Melbourne Health - the first major leasehold in its recently completed design and construction facility in Sunshine.
Sited on what was once one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Australia, the old headquarters building has been designed to provide a medical centre to service the region.
The former Sunshine Harvester Centre was the biggest export manufacturing facility in the Commonwealth in the 1920s, building the world's first combine harvester, the invention of Elmore farmer-turned-industrialist H.V Mackay.
The factory employed thousands from the 1890s and stopped production in the 1980s.
The entry gates to the factory are still a feature of Sunshine that has grown from a rural village to a suburb of metropolitan Melbourne.
Vaughan Constructions Marketing Director Mr. James Permezel said the historic component of the building had been preserved in a contemporary design while a new modern building and 112 space car park had been constructed at the rear of the site.
The development has preserved the original art deco boardroom design complete with the original table and chairs along with wood panelling, historic wooden stairs and metal ceilings.
The newly constructed building now comprises 2200²m of office space with 140²m leased to a café and 150²m set aside for a pharmacy.
Mr Permezel says the aim is to provide a well designed integrated health complex in the building with 400²m of medical suites that can be sub-divided into spaces from 40²m to 120²m and link into the Melbourne Health services.
He said Melbourne Health had leased 50 spaces in the car park, the construction providing a further 70 for tenants and clients on the edge of the Sunshine retail core.
Mr Permezel said the development was an excellent example of the comprehensive Vaughan design and construction development process.
The entire development was designed, planned and constructed by Vaughan from the site purchase through to the planning process and fitting out of the offices.