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Navitas Ltd (Formerly IBT Education Ltd)


Navitas Ltd (Formerly IBT Education Ltd)


11-31 York Street, Sydney


$10.0 million


Construction Management

Project Description

Combining both office and educational spaces, with the added element of heritage preservation to the internal corridors, walls, ceilings, doors and cornices, this high speed fitout was a success due to the commitment of the construction team, including consultants and trade contractors.

With the handover of levels 4 and 5 (amounting to over 75% of the project cost) occurring 8.5 weeks after project commencement, manufacturing times for joinery items had to be halved in order to achieve the pre-committed relocation date of two international colleges whilst still maintaining a quality finish.

A feature to this fitout is the timber slat joinery ceiling extending the length of the heritage corridors. This was a requirement of the Heritage Consultant acting on behalf of Sydney City Council in order to view the cornice detailing and existing services dating back to 1934.


The inclusion of the timber joinery doors into the office fitout of Transport House along with the extensive use of glass partitions creates consistency between the college lecture theatres and the administration offices.

Included in the scope of works was the installation of two new escalators from the ground level to level 1. Located in the direct path of the escalators was a Starbucks Coffee shop that was required to stay open and operational during the entire installation. A large majority of the installation, including two slab penetrations, occurred between the hours of 7:00pm and 3:00am without complaint from neighbouring businesses such as Travelodge, Portico and the Menzies Hotel.

A new feature Intertenancy Stair was also constructed which now enables students to travel from ground level up to level 2 without the use of a lift, reducing the clutter of users within the ground level lift lobby.


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“That concept of ‘cooperative contracting’ came up in the 60’s. I don’t know if I was the first one to think about it but as far as I was concerned it was something new. I can still remember when I proposed the idea to my ‘would be’ lawyer and accountant who were experienced in the building industry, that this is the way I was going to operate, I saw them sort of look at each other as if to say ‘where’s this guy coming from’, but it worked.

I am convinced, that what we envisaged 50 years ago is still being followed very diligently by the people managing the company today.

I think the things I am most proud of were the two major buildings that we built in North Sydney, which were Northside Gardens and Northpoint, the general attitude of the people and the reputation the company has achieved over the years. I thinks its reputation today, is probably even a lot better than in the days when I retired.

The way we obtained work was by negotiation only. If the clients were not happy with final outcome, the company would have ceased to exist and so we actually went from strength to strength because we were doing the right thing and the clients were happy.”

Phillip Lipman – Founder & Former Owner

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+61 2 9955 7000
Level 6, 66 Berry Street,
North Sydney
Locked Bag 2106
North Sydney NSW 2060


Builder’s License 27970
ABN 84 001 548 830