Mayfair renovations revealed
GUESTS enjoyed a trip down memory lane this week when a new chapter in the iconic Mayfair building's history was written.
Property developer Graeme Collins held a private viewing in the upper level of the building to show guests the fruits of his renovations over the past 12 months.
The makeover includes four separate offices - three of which have the potential to be joined - in 360sq m space.
Along with timber floors, air-conditioning and countless internet and electricity access points, the offices also have a lift for easier access.
Mr Collins told the group he was proud of the finished product, which was achieved through MBC Constructions.
"The front half of the building had never been touched and we had to completely gut the inside," he said.
"I enjoyed the challenge, and turning something (in a state of disrepair) into something that will be here for a long time."
Mayor Ron Bellingham congratulated Mr Collins and his team on the renovation, and said the new space was an asset.
"We as a community need to raise our standards and that was the reason behind the streetscape," he said.
"We need to have quality business premises and I thank you for your investment."
As guests admired the offices, many reflected on their time in the building when it was the Mayfair Hotel.
One story circulated about a real estate agent who had overindulged in alcohol, and woke up in the toilet to find himself locked inside the building.
He was forced to sheepishly wait for the cleaners to arrive to let him out.
- Built in the 1880s.
- Formerly Mayfair Hotel.
- Mr Collins bought it in October 2010.
- Available for lease.