Constructed in 1902, the TC Beirne Building was designed as a department store by Brisbane architect Robin Dodds.
During the 1950s, the TC Beirne building and the nearby McWhirters, established the Fortitude Valley neighborhood of Brisbane, Queensland as the largest shopping precinct outside of a central business district in Australia.
Now, Fortitude Valley’s historic TC Beirne and Burlington Buildings are to be refurbished and reinvigorated into a new urban retail precinct designed by The Buchan Group. The Buchan Group is a global architectural group, with a staff of almost 400 professionals with seven locations in Australia and New Zealand, plus offices in London, Shanghai, and Dubai.
Under the new urban renewal project, the ground floor of the TC Beirne and Burlington Buildings will be transformed into The Arcade and The Beirne Laneway, which together will form a new centrepiece for food, beverage and retail in Fortitude Valley.
The project comes as the upper levels of the TC Beirne and Burlington Buildings are set to be converted into a new commercial start-up precinct at the same time.
The Buchan Group Senior Architect Katrina Tolhurst said the refurbishment of the two buildings provided a unique opportunity to celebrate the architectural heritage of one of the Valley’s most distinctive buildings, and reclaim its position as one of the area’s premier retail destinations.