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Sonic HealthPlus brings life to local heritage building

Wednesday, 02 April 2014
Sonic HealthPlus brings life to local heritage building
Sonic HealthPlus is excited to announce the relocation of their medical centre from Cavenagh Street into the heritage listed Commonwealth Bank building towards the end of the 2013 calendar year.

The move will allow us to better service the growing needs of the Darwin community and business groups through the expansion of its occupational medicine and general practice services.

Sonic HealthPlus’ Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hutchinson, has welcomed the move especially as it will bring to life one of Darwin’s most treasured heritage buildings.

“While we are all very excited about relocating and improving community access to medical services, we are also aware of the fact we are moving into a heritage listed building which must be protected and respected.

To achieve this we are working closely with the building owners Fanny Bay Investments, our builders and the City of Darwin”, Mr Hutchinson said.

The history of the Commonwealth Bank building dates back to 1938 when the bank first moved into the two-storey premises, occupying a banking space on the ground floor, the manager’s residence above, and separate staff accommodation located on the eastern side.

When renovations are complete, Sonic HealthPlus will take up space on the eastern side of the building with the original 1940’s corner available for lease.

Fannie Bay Investments Director, Philip Grice is confident that once the external works are completed and the new Paspaley building rises out of the ground, interest in the unique space will result in a suitable tenant.

“Ideally we would like to find someone who will take advantage of both the amazing location and the beautiful internal architecture of the building such as the high ceilings and mushroom headed columns”, Mr Grice said.

Sonic HealthPlus, formerly Carpentaria Medical Group, has been operating in Darwin for 18 months and is looking forward to continuing to grow and support the local community for many years to come.

The refurbishment is expected to be complete in early December 2013, with first patients being seen in the new location by Monday, 16 December 2013.