Project Specifications

HousingFirst Ltd

$2.4 million

St.Kilda, Victoria

August 2020

Design and Construction of multiple refurbishments


HousingFirst completed a tenant satisfaction survey in 2019 which highlighted the need for some of their older properties to be modernised which is how Total Special Projects became involved.

Chelmsford House was formerly a 52 unit private rooming house, upgraded in 2004 to a 35 unit rooming house comprising 13 semi self-contained units, 16 self-contained units, and 6 traditional bedrooms with communal facilities.

Pyrmont House is a 3-storey building providing 35 units of accommodation, including 4 traditional rooms and 31 one bedroom and studio apartments with lift access and was originally completed in 2008.

Both Houses have received full refurbishments, the creation of ‘pop out’ extensions and services upgrades.

The Houses both remained fully occupied during the construction works, with tenants temporarily relocating as required to vacant rooms/ units/ apartments within the same building. We also replaced a large part of the terracotta/ Spanish slate roofs across the buildings which meant tenants in the top storey apartments and units were temporarily relocated to vacant apartments on lower floors, or to the rear of Chelmsford House.

Both Houses are Heritage Listed and we have afforded utmost care in the preservation of heritage features including the front façades, architraves, doors and skirtings.


Managing the program intricately was paramount to the successful completion of this project, and ensuring timely relocations for residents.


Project Contact

Guy Finnis
General Manager VIC

Guy has a wealth of experience within the construction industry. With roles as Design Manager, Project Manager, Construction Manager and General Manager, he has successfully completed many projects over the 22 years in the industry. His project portfolio includes sectors such as health, commercial, industrial and residential – new constructions, refurbishments and fit outs. Guy’s strength is his strong collaborative skills, and ability to bring the best out of people and a project.